From NBC's Richard Engel and Madeleine Haeringer
A spokesman for the commanding general in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal, tells NBC News that the Wall Street Journal's headline and lead "go too far."
Today, under the headline "Taliban Now Winning," the Journal writes: "The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency's spiritual home."
But McChrystal's spokesman categorically DENIES that the general said the Taliban is winning.
"The general did NOT say the Taliban is gaining the upper hand," he said.
The spokesman said the general did say there is an aggressive enemy -- and that they are launching complex attacks. But he does not agree that the "Taliban are winning."