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Statements On President's Afghanistan Strategy
Updated August 22, 2017 6:37 AM
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(UNDATED) - Congressman Jim Banks and U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly members of the House Armed Services Committee issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's speech on Afghanistan:

"I applaud President Trump's decision to change course in Afghanistan and focus on achieving victory rather than avoiding defeat," Banks says. "The plot to execute 9/11 was hatched in Afghanistan, and together with Pakistan, the region is still a breeding ground for terrorism today. As the most recently deployed member of Congress, I saw firsthand the disintegration of efforts in Afghanistan under the Obama Administration's abrupt drawdown. We must continue taking the fight there to prevent this terrorism from returning to our shores. This is only possible with a sound strategy, a steadfast commitment to building the capacity of our Afghan partners and enough troops to finish the mission. I'm pleased we finally have a commander-in-chief who is ready to provide the right leadership to win the war in Afghanistan. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee in the days and weeks ahead to monitor the implementation of the President's proposed strategy."

Donnelly said, "Tonight (Monday) the President laid out his vision for success in Afghanistan. I hope he now comes to Congress with a clear strategy and explains how the Administration plans to achieve that goal. The mission in Afghanistan should be based on conditions on the ground, where the Taliban and ISIS threaten the stability of the country and U.S. national security interests. It is critically important that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for terrorists like those who planned the 9/11 attacks and those who wish to do our country and our allies harm."

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