Situation in Afghanistan, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 4, 2016 [open pdf - 273KB]
This is from the February 4, 2016 hearing on "Situation in Afghanistan" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. From the statement of John McCain: "In 2001, U.S. 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 the United States or our allies and partners. That mission has been successful for fourteen years, but it is far from over. U.S. 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." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John F. Campbell.
S. Hrg. 114-601; Senate Hearing 114-601
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