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Top US military officer arrives in Afghanistan for talks on winding down war

The top American military officer has arrived in Afghanistan to meet U.S. and allied commanders and consult with Afghan officials on winding down the war.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, plans to huddle with the new overall commander of coalition forces, Gen. Joseph Dunford, and talk with soldiers in the field.

Among the key issues for Dempsey is the pacing of U.S. troop withdrawals this year and next, as well as the rate of improvement among Afghan security forces.

President Barack Obama has not announced how many American troops he intends to keep in Afghanistan after 2014, but it will probably be 9,000 to 10,000.