July 29, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's national security
adviser is traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
White House spokesman Mike Hammer said Monday that the president
tasked Gen. Jim Jones with following up on the Obama administration's revamped strategy for a volatile region that is key to the anti-terrorism fight.
Hammer said that Jones will meet with officials in both countries, U.S. embassy personnel, military commanders and representatives from other countries with troops in Afghanistan. As part of the trip, Jones also is stopping in India.
Obama has ordered 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year to fight an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency. There are now about 56,000 U.S. troops there, a record number.
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