SASC CHAIRMAN JOHN McCAIN URGES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO ADDRESS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN
Mar 02 2017
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today urging the Trump Administration to address the urgent security situation in Afghanistan:
“The security situation in Afghanistan demands the urgent attention of President Trump and his administration. Just yesterday, three simultaneous suicide attacks by the Taliban in Kabul killed at least 16 people and wounded 44 more. In northern Afghanistan, reports indicate that another district fell to the Taliban. This setback comes on the heels of disturbing losses across the country. General Nicholson, commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, recently confirmed an inspector general report that the Afghan government controls or influences just 57 percent of the country’s districts, down from 72 percent just over a year ago.
“General Nicholson testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month that the war in Afghanistan is in a stalemate. President Trump and his administration must treat Afghanistan with the same urgency as the fight against ISIL, or else this stalemate risks sliding into strategic failure.
“Make no mistake: Afghans are fighting ferociously to defend their own country from our common enemies. But we must also recognize that America is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies that attacked our nation on September 11th.
“Securing Afghanistan and preventing another attack on our homeland requires the right number of people in the right places with the right authorities and the right capabilities. President Trump has the opportunity to turn the page and finally give our commanders the resources and authorities they need to seize the initiative and take the fight to our enemies. I urge him to do so immediately.”