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General Says U.S. Not In Central Asia To Show Power

The top U.S. military commander in the Persian Gulf region, General John Abizaid, has said the U.S. military presence in Central Asia should not be viewed as a demonstration of the country’s military dominance, RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service reported. “The presence of the United States’ armed forces in this region is not, in any way, for domination or for what I would call 18th-century power politics,” Abizaid said. “We have a sincere desire to be in the region to attack the problems of terrorism, the narcotics trade, and corruption because these are problems that are international, not the problems of a single state.” Full Story

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