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Top US military officer visits Afghanistan to discuss Afghan mission

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Dempsey visits AfghanistanAccording to reports the top American military officer has arrived in Afghanistan to meet U.S. and allied commanders and consult with Afghan officials on winding down the war.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, who arrived at Bagram Air Field on Saturday after an overnight flight, said that assessment will inform U.S. decisions about how many American troops should remain after the U.S. and NATO combat role ends in December 2014.

Among the key issues for Dempsey is the pacing of U.S. 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.

Dempsey during his visit to Germany on Friday also said that he would like to see how Afghan forces perform this summer before determining the size of a residual U.S. force. There are now about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a 2010 peak of about 100,000.

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