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27 US senators call for revising the mission in Afghanistan

The US top military man warned Wednesday that the United States must continue to work with Pakistan as a partner despite years of mistrust, CNN informs. Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen did not directly refer to the latest point of tension between the countries: Pakistani authorities’ arrests of people who provided assistance and information before the successful raid on the Osama bin Laden compound and the killing of the al Qaeda leader. However, Mullen said Pakistan remains crucial to U.S. strategy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared with Mullen to give his last testimony before his retirement at the end of the month. Wednesday’s hearing examined the defense budget in a political climate of increasing pressure to reduce spending. A letter Wednesday from 27 senators to Obama called for revising the Afghanistan mission, starting with a “significant and sizable” reduction in U.S. forces there beginning in July.  It urged Obama “to follow through on the pledge you made to the American people to begin the redeployment of U.S. forces from Afghanistan this summer, and to do so in a manner that is sizable and sustained, and includes combat troops as well as logistical and support forces.”

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