4 governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Four U.S. governors have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to eceive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said Saturday that he is in Afghanistan with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon at the invitation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Cuomo said in a statement that he is working with federal partners to increase preparedness and protect New Yorkers from the threat of global terrorism. He also praised the work of the members of the U.S. military fighting overseas and was meeting with troops stationed there.

About 270 members of the New York National Guard are deployed in Afghanistan. About 900 members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division are stationed there.

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