Osama Bin Laden Killing does not change afghan war, general says

May 10, 2011, 07:42 by R.E. Christian

The death of Osama bin Laden is unlikely to dramatically change the conflict in Afghanistan in the short term, a top U.S. military commander said.

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who is responsible for Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, told The Washington Post that al-Qaida and affiliated insurgents were "definitely hurt" by the death of bin Laden in a U.S. raid May 2.

But Campbell said "one man doesn't make a war and so we've got to continue to stay at it,"

He said fighting in the days since the terrorist leader's death has remained at normal levels even though insurgents predicted an increase in violence.

Campbell told the Post in an interview published Monday he worried that tension between Pakistan and the United States following bin Laden's death might disrupt the lower-level military cooperation that has taken place between his commanders and their counterparts in Pakistan.

"We need Pakistan in this fight," he said. "I think we've got to continue to build trust with them."

Source: UPI