July 06, 2016

Kaine Statement On Administration’s Afghanistan Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding troop levels in Afghanistan:

“I support the President’s decision to adjust the trajectory of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan through the end of next year and believe this informed strategy---based on the security situation, rather than an arbitrary calendar-based timeline---affirms our commitment to the people of Afghanistan and will help ensure that al-Qaeda will not reemerge, nor will ISIL be provided territory to grow, and threaten the security of the United States. I am pleased that the Afghan National Security Forces continue to lead stabilization efforts and their successes are a testament to the capability and dedication of those Americans who continue to train and advise under difficult and precarious circumstances. It is important not to forget the significant investment and sacrifice that our troops, allies and partners have made in Afghanistan and to continue our work together to combat terrorism and help bring security and stability to Afghanistan and the region.”