US senators: New strategy is needed to win in Afghanistan

2017-07-05 08:18
Senator John McCain in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

Senator John McCain in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

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Kabul - A US congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain visited Kabul on Tuesday for the US Independence Day, meeting with Afghan government leaders and military officials to discuss the more than 16-year-long war in Afghanistan.

The visit comes as President Donald Trump's administration is working to prepare a new Afghan war strategy amid a resurgent Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate in the country.

McCain, an Arizona Republican and chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters after the meetings that the Unites States needs to have a new strategy to win in Afghanistan, but that "the strongest nation on earth should be able to win this conflict".

"The old effort certainly didn't work," McCain said at the press conference.

"They [Taliban] are not going to negotiate unless they think they are losing," he added. "So we need to win and have the advantage on the battlefield and then enter into a serious negotiation to resolve the conflict."

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he would tell Trump after returning home that 8 600 American troops currently in Afghanistan "will not get the job done" and that more American troops along with more Nato troops should be deployed to "turn stalemate into success".


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