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Merkley Praises New 2013 Timeline to End Combat in AfghanistanSalem-News.com
Senator urges President to accelerate withdrawal further.
(Washington, D.C.) - Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley wrote to President Barack Obama to express his strong support of the announcement of an accelerated transition in Afghanistan. The letter came on the heels of comments by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the United States will complete its transition from major combat operations in Afghanistan to a “training, advice and assist role” by mid-to-late 2013. Merkley also reiterated his call to the President to consider every possible option to further accelerate the process of bringing the war in Afghanistan to an end.
“Having achieved the original key objectives of our strategy in Afghanistan, it’s time to end this war. We should instead commit our national security resources to a strategy of confronting terrorist threats wherever they may reside. Accelerating the transition from combat operations in Afghanistan will help us better pursue this mission and make our nation stronger and more secure.”
A copy of the letter can be found here and the text is copied below:
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