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Top US military officer visits Afghanistan

08-01-2011 14:31 BJT

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Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on what may be his last trip to Afghanistan before stepping down at the end of September.

On his second day in the country, Mullen issued yet another warning that the Pakistan government must step up its efforts to root out militant extremists. He acknowledges it remains hard to say what would happen in August, which this year coincides with the lunar month of Ramadan.

The Muslim month of fasting will start on Monday. He said that so far commanders are seeing some signs of improved security, but his comments came amid a series of spectacular deadly attacks across the south of the country.

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff said, "Pakistan still is home to many many terrorists. They are home to the headquarters of al Qaeda who still is an organization that plots to kill as many Americans as they possibly can. It is home to other terrorist organizations like LET, obviously the Haqqani network and clearly those who live in Quetta to come here essentially with the goal of overturning the government of Afghanistan."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen addresses troops Kandahar Air Field,
Afghanistan, Thursday July 28, 2011. Questions on military spending and how the ongoing
budget struggles will impact them dominated the morning meeting at the Kandahar base, and
it was the first one Marines asked when he moved on to Camp Leatherneck later. (AP
Photo/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley - US Department of Defense)

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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