Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released a new strategy for the US war in Afghanistan on Thursday that calls for the deployment of an unspecified number of additional US troops and acknowledges the need for “an enduring US counterterrorism presence” in that country. The plan also calls for “strictly conditioning” US military and other assistance on “measurable progress” in achieving clearly defined “benchmarks” in Afghanistan.
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