WASHINGTON (Kyodo) A top U.S. general expressed hope Tuesday that the Air Self-Defense Force will maintain and expand its airlift support in Iraq even if Japan pulls out its ground troops.

“There will be some decisions made potentially about changing what the (Kuwait-based ASDF) C-130s may be doing,” Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmit, deputy director of plans and strategy at U.S. Central Command, said at a Foreign News Center news conference.

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