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Martin Dempsey Visits Israel, Jordan for Military Cooperation Talks

Gen. Martin E. DempseyU.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey is meeting with Israeli and Jordanian military leaders to discuss ways to address civil unrest and terrorism, the American Forces Press Service reported Monday.

Karen Parrish writes the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday the talks will aim to strengthen alliances and increase security in the countries.

Dempsey told reporters that Israel also faces defense spending cuts and he expects the Israeli defense forces’ chief of general staff to raise the issue during their meeting.

After Israel, Dempsey will fly to Jordan and discuss the nation’s security challenges because of a conflict in neighboring Syria, the article reports.

He also said the U.S. aims to help allies improve their self-defense capabilities in the face of a Syrian civil war.

“Physically, with my counterpart, I want to understand how they see the issues — both emanating out of Syria, but also emanating out of Egypt — affecting their plans moving forward,” Dempsey added.

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