Afghanistan: A Plan to Turn the Tide? Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session. January 31, 2008   [open pdf - 243KB]

This Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing covers the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the fluctuating levels of violence. From the opening statement of Chairman Joseph Biden: "[H]ere's the situation in Afghanistan. Security is probably at its lowest ebb since 2001, much of the country is only nominally under the control of Kabul. The United States and coalition forces win every pitched battle, but the Taliban still grows stronger, day by day. Drug trafficking dominates the national economy, and narco-barons operate with impunity. Reconstruction efforts have failed to bring substantial improvement to the lives of most Afghan citizens, and the slow pace is causing widespread resentment of both the Karzai government and the West. And bin Ladin and top al-Qaeda leaders enjoy safe haven somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistani border. In fact, this summer, the NIE--the National Intelligence Estimates--on the terror threat, found that al-Qaeda has 'protected or regenerated key elements of its homeland attack capability.' The administration firmly believes that we're about to turn the corner, and that we just need to give our policy a chance to work."

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S. Hrg. 110-609; Senate Hearing 110-609
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