Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, February 9, 2017 [open pdf - 496KB]
This hearing compilation is from the February 9, 2017 hearing "Situation in Afghanistan" before the Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of John McCain: "America has been at war in Afghanistan for more than a decade-and-a-half. But it is always worth remembering that American forces went to Afghanistan because that was where, under the sanctuary of the Taliban regime, al-Qaeda planned and trained for the September 11th 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 terrorist groups to attack America or our allies and partners. That mission has been successful for fifteen years, but it is not over. American forces are carrying out that mission today by performing two critical tasks: counterterrorism and training, advising, and assisting our Afghan partners. Both of these tasks are vital to achieving our strategic goals and protecting our homeland. We are taking the fight to America's enemies in Afghanistan while at the same time building a sustainable Afghan security force that can stand on its own, take on violent extremists, and deny terrorists safe haven in their country. [...] This new administration has the opportunity to turn the page and finally give our commanders the resources and authorities they need to seize the initiative and force the enemy to react, instead of the other way around. This will likely require additional U.S. and coalition forces and more flexible authorities." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John McCain, Jack Reed, and John W. Nicholson, Jr.
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