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Top Defense Chiefs Hold News Conference

Washington, DC
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joints Chief of Staff Chairman, General Martin Dempsey met with the press at the Pentagon Tuesday.

The leaders discussed operations in Afghanistan, the situation in Syria and Egypt’s new defense minister, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

Secretary Panetta called the acceleration of attacks in Afghanistan “insider attacks” and plans to add more counter intelligence to U.S. military personnel in the region. He rejected the notion that Taliban is behind the increased level of incidences in the region saying “there’s no evidence.” 

Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 3:50pm (ET)

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