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April 2011

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Iraq Withdrawal Agreement Stands

BAGHDAD, April 22, 2011 – All American troops will be out of Iraq at the end of the year in accordance with the security agreement signed in 2008, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

“There are no plans –- nor has there been any request from the Iraqi government –- for any residual U.S. force presence here after December,” Mullen said. Story

U.S. Must Get Iraq Transition Right

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, April 22, 2011 – The U.S. military needs to get it right as it transitions out of Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers in Baghdad today. Story

Meeting Reaffirms U.S.-Pakistan Ties

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 21, 2011 – Reaffirmation of the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries was the most important aspect of his meeting last night with his Pakistani counterpart, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. Story

U.S., Pakistan Work Through Tensions

ISLAMABAD, April 20, 2011 – Military-to-military ties between the United States and Pakistan remain good despite recent tensions between the two countries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Story

Fight Against Extremists Stretches Pakistan’s Military

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 20, 2011 – Just as two wars over the last decade have stretch the U.S. Army thin, the Pakistani military is stretched by its fight against extremist groups along the country’s western border, senior defense officials said here today. Story

Leaders See Need for Partnership

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 20, 2011 – Leaders in both Pakistan and the United States recognize the importance of a strategic partnership with each other and will work through problems to ensure it remains strong, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Story

Pakistani Cooperation in Afghanistan

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 19, 2011 – Cooperation between U.S. and Pakistani soldiers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is better than it has ever been, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Story

RC-East Troops Making Progress

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, April 19, 2011 – Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell makes no bones of the fact that his job as the commander Regional Command East is the most challenging problem he ever has confronted. Story

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Chairman, Undersecretary Visit Deployed Troops

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 24, 2011 – The man who is responsible for personnel and readiness issues for the Defense Department observed how his decisions impact the fight during his visits to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq this past week. Story

World Community: Gadhafi Must Go

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, April 22, 2011 – NATO has come forward in a very positive way to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya and protect Libyan citizens from the Moammar Gadhafi regime, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said here today. Story

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