Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 15, 2011   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "It has now been a little over a year since President Obama's speech at West Point announcing his strategy for Afghanistan. That strategy included two key elements: a surge of 30,000 U.S. troops to help reverse the Taliban's momentum and seize the initiative; and the setting of a date 18 months from then, or July 2011, for when U.S. troops would begin to come home. The setting of that July date also laid down a marker for when the Government of Afghanistan would assume more and more responsibility for that country's security. During his visit to Afghanistan last week, Secretary Gates determined that ''we will be well-positioned for transitioning increasing security responsibility to Afghanistan and beginning to draw down some U.S. forces in July of this year''. President Karzai is expected to announce next week the first phase of provinces and districts throughout Afghanistan that will transition lead for providing security to the Afghan people." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin, Michèle A. Flournoy, and David H. Petraeus.

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S. Hrg. 112-198; Senate Hearing 112-198
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