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The head of US Central Command says the mission for American troops in Afghanistan goes beyond eradicating the -- law.
General David Petraeus said this morning in an exclusive interview that the -- the troops are utilized is just as important as how many of them are sent to the country.
It's not just the additional numbers -- -- those numbers are employed.
As it's hugely important that we be seen as good neighbors as friends certainly fierce warriors who will go after.
In -- and stay after them but also as individuals who try to avoid civilian casualties whenever possible.
And -- seen again as supporting the people in trying to help them achieve a better life.
The general McCarron has asked for more troops that you're gonna give them right now.
Well he's asked for forces that go -- beyond this period.
And again we think it's prudent at this point in time let's get this is a huge increase and in terms of relative to what we had.
More than -- in its gonna take a considerable amount of infrastructure logistical work and all the rest of that.
And I think making those assessments and so forth is the proper way ahead a big part of this strategy is the Pakistan side.
Do you see evidence that the Pakistani military or the intelligence service the ISI.
He's -- the -- and I'll cut.
Well let's remember the history.
The intelligence services the ISI.
-- -- Money and equipment and resources.
Back during the days of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan built many of these mujahideen organizations.
That sadly have now turned.
On Pakistani forces and authorities.
To assassinated Benazir Bhutto and -- have killed hundreds of innocent Pakistani civilians.
They are -- are some relationships that continued it is not as clear.
As one would like there's certainly additional focus on that.
Obviously we've had these conversations with our counterparts -- -- -- -- SI lieutenant general posture and others.
There is a case in the past year or so that we think was an ambiguous and it appears to have been a warning prior to a Pakistani operation.
The others though we are a little bit less clear.
In the sense that any intelligence organization has contacts with extremist groups because they're trying to recruit sources -- -- when we usually -- the -- things you trust.
I think we are building that kind of trust and that's the way I think is the best description for event -- -- hugely important that that trust me -- there's a number of initiatives on going in that regard the there's a joint coordination center for example that is a tripartite its Afghan pockets -- In US forces.
Just -- near the Khyber Pass in which there is.
Gradually increasing intelligence sharing going on in there have been some breakthroughs in that area.
In recent weeks.
There's additional work supporting always enabling assisting and providing.
For the Pakistani Frontier Corps in particular in the military but not doing and that's the way I think that everyone wants this to go -- if there is a specific target the president has said.
That there could be.
Cross border operations by US troops.
Going into Pakistan is that accurate to say.
Well I think he should just go back to what he said yesterday I think he was clear and I think we would never give up if you will the right of last resort.
If we assess something as a threat to us noting.
That what we want to do is enable the pakistanis.
Help them assist them.
To deal with the problem that we -- think and and their leaders certainly now think represented the most important -- central threat to their country.
Not just do the rest of the world as you focus now on Afghanistan and Pakistan your last job was the head of the US military in Iraq do you have any concerns.
That we would take our eyes off the rock and that potentially could explode into another problem.
Once US -- troops draw -- well that's what we have to avoid obviously and I think that the approach that we have there is prudent it's pragmatic it is.
Designed to to reduce our forces over time as Iraqi forces take over the security tasks that process has been ongoing for some time as you know.
That has worked.
We think the prospects for that continuing to work successfully.
Are reasonable and good.
The provincial elections that were just conducted a couple of months ago successfully done now we'll see the -- of the provincial councils.
Now having said that innumerable challenges still face the new -- They're working their way through those but general Odierno and the embassy team they're moving through this nicely.
Allowing us to bring our forces down there how big a threat is Iran and are they closer now to get -- nuclear weapon.
Well -- -- is some years away it's hard to say how many couples -- take whatever it may be.
They have low enriched uranium that is of about the amount that would be required perhaps to make a weapon but.
There -- many many more steps that are required.
You have to highly -- you that requires a facility to do that which were not aware of them having right now.
-- requires that the physical construction of a package that can either explode or implode there's other steps intermediate steps between those and then you have to have a delivery means.
Now various components of these efforts appear to be ongoing.
And certainly Iran has not complied with the IAEA.
Safeguards and some other -- precautions.
Under the UN Security Council resolutions.
Are they a threat certainly they have.
Armed equipped funded.
Surrogates proxies if you will extremists proxies.
In and -- on in Gaza Strip.
Varying degrees in in Iraq.
Having said that there are also -- areas of common interest and I think -- -- task that is before.
Ambassador Ross one of our country's.
-- finest diplomats in recent years who has taken on the portfolio.
That includes a bundle of issues with -- will be to see where there -- these common.
-- where they can be played on it in built on to perhaps address some of these very significant differences that we have had with the wrong for decades.
Do you have any interest in running for elected office.
I do not and -- -- not at all and tried to say that on numerous occasions and I knew I will now quote from a song that used to be sung by Lorrie Morgan what about no don't you understand.
-- -- -- Iowa and Thompson knowing that was a blog he admitted that networks that I had that was made up.
We've got that back in the box I think and no commencement addresses in Iowa and 2010 times general thanks so much great to -- with.
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