- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

KABUL (AP) - President Barack Obama’s top envoy for Afghanistan and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Embassy says Richard Holbrooke and Adm. Mike Mullen will meet with Afghan and U.S. officials while in the country. The embassy says Sunday’s trip is “one of a number of regularly scheduled visits” by the officials.

Obama has increased the U.S. focus on Afghanistan and has pledged to send 21,000 additional troops to bolster the 38,000 already in Afghanistan.

Obama heralded what he called “concrete commitments” from NATO allies after a meeting in France on Saturday, saying other countries will send up to 5,000 more troops. Some will only stay temporarily to guard this August’s presidential vote.

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