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Pakistan safe haven for militants: McCain

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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