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US senators warn against further cut in troop levels

US senators warn against further cut in troop levels

Jul 05, 2016 - 09:03

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon may slip into chaos like Iraq if US troop levels in the landlocked country were reduced later in the year, a visiting congressional delegation warned late on Monday.

Sen. John McCain, heading the team to Kabul after a two-day visit to Pakistaninfo-icon, said a further drawdown of soldiers would cause “a replay of the Iraq nightmare”in the wake of the totalmilitary withdrew from that country.

Addressing a news conference at NATOinfo-icon’s Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, the former presidential runner remarked: “We believe strongly that we need 9,800 here (in Afghanistan).”

The Obama administration plans to bring down the number of US troops in Afghanistan to 5,500 by the end of the current year. However, consistent calls from military commanders and experts for a longer US presence may force a review of the decision.

Echoing the view of McCain’s view, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee,Senator Lindsey Graham said: “If we go to 5,500 this place will fall apart quickly. If we keep 9,800 there is a decent chance of success in Afghanistan.”

"I may find it hard supporting our continued presence here as it's not fair to those left behind. They just can't do the job. If we go to 5,500, this place will fall apart, quickly," the lawmaker predicted.



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