Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

US military chief in Afghan talks

General Martin Dempsey will talk with soldiers in the field in Afghanistan (AP)

The top American military officer has arrived in Afghanistan to meet US and allied commanders and consult with Afghan officials on winding down the war.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, plans to meet the new overall commander of coalition forces, General Joseph Dunford, and talk with soldiers in the field.

Among the key issues for Gen Dempsey is the pacing of US troop withdrawals this year and next, as well as the rate of improvement among Afghan security forces.

President Barack Obama has not announced how many American troops he intends to keep in Afghanistan after 2014, but it will probably be 9,000 to 10,000.

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