McCaul Statement on Troop Levels in Afghanistan

Jul 6, 2016
Press Release

McCaul Statement on Troop Levels in Afghanistan 

WASHINGTON, DC– Today following President Obama’s announcement that he intends to keep in place 8,400 troops in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency, Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX) made the following statement:

McCaul: "President Obama has acknowledged the deteriorating security environment in Afghanistan and rightly reversed his previous plan to reduce U.S. troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 by the of the year. However, his decision to withdraw 1,400 troops this year poses considerable risks to the national security of the U.S. and to our men and women serving in the region. The Taliban controls more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since 2001. Our commanders on the ground have repeatedly warned of al Qaeda’s resurgence there, and key al Qaeda allies like the Haqqani Network remain a significant threat. ISIS has also attempted to open up another front in Afghanistan as part of its global war. You do not need to be a military strategist to question the wisdom of reducing American forces under these security conditions. We are in Afghanistan to prevent the regeneration of a safe haven for Islamist terrorists trying to attack the United States – we must maintain a robust presence there to accomplish this mission alongside our Afghan and coalition allies. Furthermore, we should learn the history of previous mistakes in Iraq instead of repeat them."