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Joseph Dunford: Some US, Allied Troops Should Stay in Afghanistan

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Joseph Dunford (NATO photo)
Joseph Dunford (NATO photo)

International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. Joseph Dunford believes U.S. and allied forces must stay in Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014, he told the New York Times in an article published July 29.

Dunford told reporter Matthew Rosenberg U.S. special operations forces would be needed in the country to continue fighting Al Qaeda.

The Defense Department also issued a report projecting the U.S. government’s collaboration with Afghanistan beyond 2014 in an effort to boost security and national stability, Defense One reports.

Dunford told the Times the al Qaeda network has dwindled in numbers and lost its capability to launch attacks against governments.

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