Sending more troops necessary to win Afghan battle: US Senator

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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