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Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Says U.S. Will Need To Rely On Allies

Posted October 23, 2001 8:21 a.m. EDT

— A former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says America will have to use allies in different situations as it fights the war on terrorism.

General Henry Shelton is in Raleigh tonight speaking at an international symposium marking the centennial of the Wright Brothers Flight on the Outer Banks.

Shelton says allies such as the Northern Alliance will be used to erode forces of the Taliban in Afghanistan. But he says the U-S military will have to balance military friendships with diplomatic ones.

Shelton says Americans should expect a long conflict with terrorism and doesn't see an end until organizations that support terrorism are rooted out completely.

Shelton attended the event at N-C State University, his alma mater. He and his wife are Edgecomb County natives.