WASHINGTON: A US lawmaker, currently on a visit to Afghanistan said that to win the war on terror, it is essential to have stability in the region. “Great challenges remain in Afghanistan, but long-term stability in the region is key for victory in the War on Terror overall,” said Congressman, John Boehner.
The delegation had earlier visited Iraq. The delegation’s visit comes as renewed attention is focused on Afghanistan and the additional American troops expected to be deployed there in the coming months.
Observing that American troops fighting the War on Terror in Afghanistan and around the world have the support and gratitude of House Republicans, Boehner said “Our men and women serving in Afghanistan face increasingly daunting challenges as we seek to uproot terrorism where it is bred and stabilize a war-torn country that has known brutality for far too long.”
He said “Now is not the time to back away from these challenges, as some Democrats have suggested. Our visit to Afghanistan gave us an on-the-ground perspective of the obstacles and opportunities facing this important part of the world.” Other members of the Republican delegation are Whip Eric Cantor, Armed Services Committee Ranking Republican John McHugh, Intelligence Committee Ranking Republican Pete Hoekstra, and Reps. Tom Latham and Jo Bonner.
During the two-day visit, the delegation was briefed by US Ambassador William Wood and General David McKiernan, the head of both US Forces in the country and NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, the coalition of 39 nations with a presence in Afghanistan.-SANA