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Gen. McKiernan said in his interview with The Times that he hopes to visit Pakistan in the next few weeks to meet army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other officials to help establish a relationship between Gen. Kayani and the Afghan leadership.

“Part of the security environment and challenge in Afghanistan are the materials, the insurgents, the leadership that comes across the border from [Pakistan’s] North-West Frontier Province,” Gen. McKiernan said.