Open/Closed: Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session February 12, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 12, 2015 hearing, "Open/Closed: Situation in Afghanistan," before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of John McCain, "The committee meets today to receive testimony on Afghanistan. And I want to thank General Campbell, the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, for appearing before us today about security conditions on the ground, the development of the Afghan National Security Forces, and the way forward. General, we've been blessed by a series of great military leaders of our forces and allied forces in Afghanistan, and you are a worthy successor to those outstanding leaders, in my view. According to a recent media report, the troop drawdown in Afghanistan is now, quote, 'under White House review.' But, as the White House deliberates, the current plan is set to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to about 5,500, beginning in the middle of this year's fighting season. The plan was first announced by President Obama in May of 2014, before it was known that the Afghan presidential transition would require almost 6 months to conclude, before the appearance of ISIS [Islamic State] on the Afghan battlefield, and before Pakistan military operations sent 200,000 refugees from North Waziristan into Afghanistan." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Campbell.

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