Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey jokingly asked a bearded man during a speech at Syracuse University whether he was a member of the Taliban, in an exchange first reported by Syracuse.com.

When a man stood up to ask Dempsey a question during a Q&A session, Dempsey asked him, "Are you Taliban?" before quickly adding that he was kidding.

Dempsey's office later said the chairman's joke didn't have to do with the Islamic faith and was instead a joke about the man's beard.

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