Corruption, not the Taliban, is the existential threat to Afghanistan which the next president must tackle with urgency, the former commander of NATO troops in the country said today.
President Barack Obama is set to nominate on Friday Air Force General Philip Breedlove as new NATO commander, after the earlier nominee John Allen decided to retire.
Gen Philip M Breedlove, the top US Air Force commander in Europe, is the likely choice to become commander of all US and NATO forces in Europe, a senior NATO official said Thursday.
The White House said that it will go ahead with nominating John Allen as the Nato commander in Europe.
The Pentagon said it was premature to speculate on the US troop numbers in Afghanistan following the scheduled drawdown of 2014.
It started in May with a spiteful email to the top US commander in Afghanistan.
US commander Gen. John Allen engaged in much more than "flirtatious" behavior with a woman at the heart of the David Petraeus sex scandal.
The United States expects more high profile attacks in Afghanistan from the Taliban, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, noting that this challenge in this war-torn country can`t be ignored.
Ahead of the proposed visit, Gen John Allen had said that Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar was hiding in Pakistan.
In the last 12 months, a top American commander said the Afghan security forces have expanded from 276,000 to 340,000.
A top US commander said Pakistan and the region are extraordinarily important to America`s policy outcomes in the region.
A top US commander in Afghanistan said he is confident a deal would eventually be struck.
Pak Prez Asif Ali Zardari will attend NATO`s upcoming Chicago summit as Islamabad looks all set to open the six-month blockade of the military alliance`s supply routes to Afghan.
A press release said that the talks between the two key military officials focused on coordination mechanisms to avoid untoward incidents.
The commander of the NATO-led foreign force earlier claimed insurgents responsible had been killed.
John Allen said the incidents like the helicopter crash reflect
the dangers that lies ahead.
Gen David Petraeus served as commander of US-led international force in Afghanistan for one year.
General David Petraeus has said Barack Obama`s Afghan drawdown plan was riskier.
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