Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Armed Services, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 6, 2015   [open pdf - 756KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 6, 2015 hearing on "Situation in Afghanistan" held before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the opening statement of John McCain: "Fourteen years ago, U.S. forces went to Afghanistan because that was where, under the sanctuary of the Taliban regime, al-Qaeda planned and conducted initial training for the 9/11 attacks that killed 3,000 innocent civilians on American soil. Our mission was to ensure that Afghanistan would never again be a safe haven for al-Qaeda or other radical Islamist terrorists to attack us again. As General Petraeus told this Committee recently, that mission has been successful for fourteen years. American troops and civilians have made steady progress in supporting our Afghan partners to secure their country and dealt severe blows to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups that want to attack the United States and our allies. At the same time, we have seen a remarkable progress in Afghan society -- more schools and more teachers; greater opportunities for women and girls in the classroom, in the workforce, and in positions of leadership; higher literacy, better roads, and wider use of cellphones. Life expectancy in Afghanistan has increased by 22 years in less than a generation -- a feat unparalleled in modern history." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Campbell.

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