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Shuster Statement on President Trump's Strategy in Afghanistan

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. – U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech laying out a new strategy in the War in Afghanistan.

“If we’ve learned anything from the previous administration’s efforts to fight terrorism, it’s that creating a vacuum without long-term strategy towards peace is conducive to terrorism, makes the world a deadlier place, and can extend the war on terror for years.

“I applaud President Trump for developing a strategy to achieve stable peace in Afghanistan. In order to defeat global terrorism, a global effort is needed. The United States of America cannot shoulder this burden alone; we need the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other allies in the region to commit to wiping terrorism from the face of the earth.

“Wars are not won by Washington timetables, they are won by listening to the American soldiers on the ground, responding to their needs, and providing them the support they need to win the war. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will work with President Trump, Secretary Mattis, and top military experts to make sure the needs of our troops are met so the United States can win, and win completely, in Afghanistan.”

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