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US senators take trip to Afghanistan

11-11-2010 08:37 BJT

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US lawmakers visiting Afghanistan have met with President Hamid Karzai. They reiterated their nation's commitment that American forces will stay there to fight the Taliban. Senator John McCain says the decision to set a troop withdrawal date was wrong, and is calling for clarification from President Barack Obama.

He said, "It was wrong to set the date of July of mid-2011. It sent the wrong message. And it created a problem, and we need to have the President of the United States state unequivocally, that it will be solely conditions based. And so I worry a great deal about the effect, not only here, but it encourages our enemies, and it discourages our friends."

The Senators also say if Karzai doesn't curb corruption in his government, current gains being made on the battlefield will also be jeopardized. They add that good governance must accompany military efforts to clear, maintain, and secure Taliban strongholds, especially in the south. The lawmakers will go to Pakistan, where they plan to push the government to pressure the Haqqani Insurgent Network. The group is accused of plotting attacks on Afghanistan from hideouts in Pakistan.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV

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