(CNN) -- The U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that President Barack Obama has provided him with a clear mission and sufficient resources.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was appointed earlier this to head the Afghanistan mission, had asked Obama for up to 40,000 more troops for a counter-insurgency strategy intended to eliminate al Qaeda elements and help the Afghan government defeat the Taliban.
In a statement issued as Obama announced he was sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, McChrystal said the president "has provided me with a clear military mission and the resources to accomplish our task."
"The clarity, commitment and resolve outlined in the president's address are critical steps toward bringing security to Afghanistan and eliminating terrorist safe havens that threaten regional and global security," McChrystal's statement said.
Obama also said he will seek more NATO forces to bolster the U.S.-led mission, which McChrystal also welcomed.
"We will work toward improved security for Afghanistan and the transfer of responsibility to Afghan security forces as rapidly as conditions allow," said the statement by McChrystal. "In the meantime, our Afghan partners need the support of coalition forces while we grow and develop the capacity of the Afghan army and police. That will be the main focus of our campaign in the months ahead."
McChrystal cited what he called "one unassailable reality" about the Afghanistan war: "Neither the Afghan people nor the international community want Afghanistan to remain a sanctuary for terror and violence."
"The coalition is encouraged by President Obama's commitment and we remain resolute to empowering the Afghan people to reject the insurgency and build their own future," said McChrystal.
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