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Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Dunford (F92), Makes Overtures to Karzai

MilitaryTimes

The top U.S. military chief in Afghanistan said Monday that his team is working as fast as possible to resolve issues that have infuriated Afghan President Hamid Karzai, including the delay in handing over a U.S.-run detention center and the withdrawal of American special forces from a troubled province neighboring Kabul.

The efforts illustrate the growing tensions between the commander, Gen. Joseph Dunford, and an Afghan ally who is struggling to break free from international influence and establish independence after more than a decade relying on a foreign military force for security. …

… Last week, Dunford warned his commanders to raise their security levels, saying Karzai’s comments could stir more anti-American sentiment and spur more insider attacks.

But he has remained circumspect and studiously polite in public, seeking to use face-to-face meetings with Karzai to ease tension and temper Karzai’s angry demands for immediate change. Dunford, a Marine Corps general with a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and another in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, said it’s simply a matter of “working the issues.”

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