KABUL (AFP) — The top US military commander and special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Kabul Sunday for high-level talks, a US official said, after NATO backed a new US strategy for the region.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, and ambassador Richard Holbrooke would be in Afghanistan for a "few days", a US military spokesman told AFP.
"They will be meeting high-level officials in the Afghan government as well the international military," Colonel Greg Julian said.
The visit is their first since President Barack Obama last month unveiled a new strategy for Afghanistan, drawn up after a two-month assessment of flagging efforts to subdue an extremist insurgency and stabilise the turbulent country.
Obama's NATO allies backed his Afghan war plan at a summit on Saturday, also pledging up to 5,000 more troops to add to 21,000 US soldiers the US leader said he would send to Afghanistan.
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