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Chairman Rogers Statement on the Announced Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Washington, DC, May 27, 2014 | Susan Phalen | comments

Chairman Rogers Statement on the Announced
Afghanistan Withdrawal

 It is appropriate that the President decided to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year.  That being said, I question whether the policy reflected by these numbers and timelines truly confronts the threat we face.  Even now, an al Qaeda safe haven is emerging in northeastern Afghanistan; and I question whether the enemy will take further advantage of the announced timeline to renew its efforts to launch new operations, as we see them attempting in Iraq and Syria today.   I look forward to hearing how the Administration will address these issues within the context of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

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