Pakistan safe haven for militants: McCain
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 23:40
Washington: The United States is facing a determined enemy in Afghanistan, who have a "safe haven in Pakistan", a top American Senator said on Sunday.

Senator John McCain, a member of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee, said the American military is facing a determined enemy in Afghanistan, underlining the need for a tough military leadership in the restive country.

"It is very hard. It is very tough. We are facing a very determined enemy that will stand and fight in some instances, that are very adaptable, and obviously with safe havens in Pakistan," the Arizona Senator told the ABC News in an interview today.

"The President described it in the campaign; this is a good war and one that we have to win. I think he'll hold to that," he said, adding the military leadership in Afghanistan should use the same aggressive approach that Gen David Petraeus used successfully in Iraq.

Acknowledging that public opinion on Afghanistan is slipping, McCain said opinion could be reversed. "I think you need to see a reversal of these very alarming and disturbing trends on attacks, casualties, areas of the country that the Taliban has increased control of," he said.

"In other words, you need to see all of those things reversed and on a significant downward slope. And I think we can do that in a year to 18 months," he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 23, 2009, 23:40

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