WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today questioned U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford during his nomination hearing to become the Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan.
Inhofe questioned Dunford on the planned troop withdrawals, training and readiness of the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), Iranian influence and activity in Afghanistan, and the recent spike in attacks on Coalition forces by the ANSF.
“In response to your submitted testimony concerning the planned withdrawal of troops over the next 25 months, I am interested to hear your views on the capabilities and readiness of the Afghani forces to provide for their own defense,” said Inhofe. “It is absolutely critical that the ANSF is ready to assume its own security before we withdrawal our forces and any decision to do so should be based on an evaluation of the level of training, readiness, and confidence for the ANSF.”
Inhofe also asked Dunford to submit answers in writing about the recent Iranian efforts to influence Afghanistan and the tragic spike in “green on blue” attacks by Afghan security forces on coalition forces.
Inhofe continued, “I commend Gen. Dunford for his long and distinguished selfless service and integrity to our nation. He possesses candor, competence, and commitment and will serve in this new role with distinction.”
A distinguished Marine, Dunford currently serves as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. He has commanded at every level from Platoon through Marine Expeditionary Force as well as various staff assignments.