Sending more troops necessary to win Afghan battle: US Senator
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 15:06
Washington: A powerful American Senator today urged US President, Barack Obama, to send more troops to Afghanistan as sought by commanders on the ground by arguing that this is the only way to win the war against terrorism in the region.

"I hope the President decides to increase our troop presence there. It will tip the balance. I think we can win in Afghanistan, as we're now winning in Iraq, and it provides more protection to our troops," Senator Joe Lieberman, told the Fox news in an interview.

Lieberman is Chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Homeland Security and also sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"The first thing the President has to do is decide whether he's going to send the additional troops that General (Steanley) McChrystal (Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan) says he needs, and to me that's the right decision," Lieberman said.

"There's a lot on the line in Afghanistan. This is the place from which we were attacked on 9/11. If the Afghans and people in the whole region, including Pakistan, see us pulling back or out, they're going to begin to sort of hedge their bets and go with the other side even-- the extremists-- even though they don't want to," he noted.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 15:06

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