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Afghan mission remains NATO priority: Rasmussen

Afghan mission remains NATO priority: Rasmussen

May 15, 2013 - 13:32

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) remains NATOinfo-icon’s top mission in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the alliance secretary general said, while welcoming new Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Mark Breedlove.

“On your watch, Afghan forces will be taking full responsibility for the security of their country and ISAF will complete its combat mission as planned at the end of 2014,” he said on Tuesday, when Gen. Breedlove took up his new assignment.

Addressing the commander, the NATO chief said: “You will help shape a new and different NATO-led mission: to train, assist and advise the Afghan forces after 2014.”

In a statement from the alliance, the diplomat said NATO needed to enhance its ability to defend against threats such as missile proliferation, terrorism and cyber-attacks amid tough economic times.


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