Carter makes last foreign trip to Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Deputy Secretary, Ashton Carter, made his last foreign trip to Afghanistan meeting his top military leaders stationed in the country and discussed the progress made in the war against terror.
“During his visit, Deputy Secretary Carter met with numerous senior US military commanders, including International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General Joseph Dunford,” James Swartout, spokesperson for Carter, said.
“In these conversations, Secretary Carter discussed progress being made by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), ISAF moving toward the responsible conclusion of its combat mission at the end of 2014, continued international advisory and enabling support to the ANSF, and ongoing US retrograde efforts,” Swartout said.
Carter also traveled to several coalition operating locations, including Forward Operating Base Gamberi, where he met with Major General Waziri, Commander of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps; Regional Command (RC) East Headquarters at Bagram Air Base; RC South Headquarters and a retrograde facility at Kandahar Air Base; and RC Southwest Headquarters at Camp Leatherneck.
“This visit to Afghanistan marks the ninth time Carter has traveled to the country in an official capacity, first as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and then as Deputy Secretary of Defense,” Swartout said.
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