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US senator urges troop reduction in Afghanistan

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First published: June 21, 2011, 12:25 PM IST | Updated: June 21, 2011
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US senator urges troop reduction in Afghanistan
A top US senator has asked the Obama administration to focus more on counter-terrorism efforts.

Washington: A top US Senator has asked the Obama administration to end its counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and instead focus on counter-terrorism efforts.

Speaking just days before the Obama administration's planned announcement to reveal how many US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan in July, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez said the strategy in Afghanistan is not winnable.

"Since 9-11, we are painfully aware that the world is a different place and we will always have to be vigilant. But the current threat simply does not justify the presence of 100,000 American troops on the ground," he said on the Senate floor yesterday.

"Bin Laden is dead, having hidden for years in Pakistan in plain view of the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence force, and the Pakistani military. Clearly, the issue at hand is about terrorism, not insurgency.

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