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Dempsey heading to Israel mid-month

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit Israel and Jordan this month.

A Pentagon spokesman, asked to confirm an Israeli report that Dempsey was in Israel on Sunday to discuss Syria and Iran strategy with Israeli leaders, said Dempsey was in Washington.

The spokesman said, however, that Dempsey would be visiting Israel and Jordan in mid-August.

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