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Begich Comment on Confirmation of Gen. Petraeus


U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement today after the Senate's unanimous vote confirming Gen. David Petraeus to be the Commander of International Security Assistance Forces and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan:

"The swift confirmation of Gen. Petreaus will allow us to move forward seamlessly on our mission in Afghanistan. I know Gen. Petreaus will do an outstanding job with this vital mission as he has the experience, leadership and character to lead our troops in this area.

"Gen. Petreaus was impressive with his comments and responses in the confirmation hearings and in my personal conversation with him, particularly in discussing the commitment and deployment of troops which is an important subject in Alaska.

"I look forward to a continued focus on our Afghanistan strategy and am hoping to get another chance to see the plans implemented first-hand as I prepare to return to the region in the Fall."

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