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US Joint Chiefs chairman to visit Afghanistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 10:17

Washington: General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of staff, would travel to Afghanistan to meet his top commanders there to have a first-hand assessment of the progress being made in the war against terrorism.

General Dempsey would meet General John Allen, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, next week.

"I`m returning to Kabul next week to talk with General Allen and some of our new commanders about how to continue to make the ANSF stronger and the Taliban weaker.”

"We`ll discuss our exhaustive efforts at every echelon to confront the insider attack threat that the secretary just elaborated on," Dempsey told reporters at a Pentagon news conference yesterday.

He would also travel to Iraq, his first since the end of the American mission there.

"I`ll take stock of our efforts to continue to build the relationship through the Office of Security Cooperation. And I`ll meet with my counterpart and brother-in-arms, General Babakir, about what`s working and what`s the best way forward," he said.

General John Allen, he said, is convening a conference of senior Army officers from all the coalition, not just the United States, as well as their senior enlisted advisers, wherein the main topic is going to be increases in attack on US forces.

"What we`re hoping to get from that conference is some thoughts about what more we might do. More important, probably, the Afghan security ministers are having a summit to talk about what they can do on their side," he said.


First Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 10:17
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