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Gen. Martin Dempsey: US Eyes ‘Indirect’ Action Against Security Threats

Gen. Martin Dempsey
Gen. Martin Dempsey

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey has discussed the U.S. military’s actions to address security issues that have emerged over the past years in different locations around the world in an interview with Fox News aired Sunday.

Dempsey told anchor Chris Wallace that the U.S. is working to adapt its military strategies to counter terrorist, nuclear, cyber and military threats.

Dempsey said that as the recent attacks in Paris point to a linkage with radical extremists in Yemen, the U.S. military is seeking to leverage indirect capabilities such as intelligence and partnerships, as well as potential direct action.

He cited efforts to target financing, messaging and the recruitment of foreign fighters and the training of local forces in Afghanistan as the U.S. ended its combat operations there.

Dempsey also noted that the U.S. is continuing to monitor developments to assess possible changes to strategy.

“[Terrorism] can ebb and flow… we’ve got to keep an eye on this and we’ve got to recognize that terrorism flows where instability lurks,” he said.

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