US General in Afghanistan: From 2011 to 2016, ‘The Enemy Believed … We Had Lost Our Will’

November 20, 2017 | 9:06 PM EST

Five years of “telegraphing” to the Taliban that U.S. and coalition forces were leaving Afghanistan prompted the enemy to believe “we had lost our will,” the top U.S. military officer leading the campaign there said Monday. But a recent NATO defense ministers’ gathering, he said, had given him a real sense that “we now have the will to succeed.”