The top US commander in Afghanistan has said that his troop surge could lead to a negotiated peace deal with the Taliban.
In an interview with the Financial Times, General Stanley McChrystal said: "As a soldier, my personal feeling is that there's been enough fighting.
"I believe that a political solution to all conflicts is the inevitable outcome. And it's the right outcome."
He said that the deployment of 30,000 extra US troops and 7,000 other Nato troops to Afghanistan would weaken the Taliban enough to facilitate a peace deal, adding that the Taliban could form part of government in the future.
His comments come ahead of a major international conference on Afghanistan to be held in London this week.