06 Sep '17, 3pm

Sen. Moran sees progress in Afghanistan, but also the need for more U.S. troops:

Sen. Moran sees progress in Afghanistan, but also the need for more U.S. troops:

WASHINGTON — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran’s recent trip to Afghanistan left him convinced the U.S. needs more troops to finish that mission. Also, it left him convinced the U.S. needs more troops. “We need to increase our end strength,” the Republican senator said on Tuesday. “Afghanistan is not a short-term circumstance we face. Despite encouraging signs I saw, it doesn’t mean we are departing from Afghanistan soon. “I’ve always worried about the number of deployments (for U.S. troops), the frequency and duration. When you add to that Russia’s efforts in Ukraine, Europe, really every theater we’re involved in … when you add to that North Korea and cyber security issues, it means we’re going to need to increase the strength of our military.” Moran, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and will be a key figure in this fall’s defense budget debates, traveled with actin...

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