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Speaker Boehner Meets with Karzai, Petraeus in Afghanistan

ABC News (file)(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Speaker John Boehner and the congressional delegation (CODEL) visited Afghanistan on Tuesday and Wednesday, continuing the tour that began in Iraq on Saturday. The delegation met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and General David Petraeus, among other military leaders, officials and diplomats.

The office of the speaker says the delegation’s visit “comes as the Obama Administration has stated it will begin drawing down troops in July despite concerns about whether sufficient progress has been made in turning around the security environment, training Afghanistan’s security forces, and working with the Afghan government to improve its delivery of security and services to the Afghan people.”

“We must remain steadfast in our commitment to the counterinsurgency strategy our commanders on the ground have put in place and to ensuring its success, rather than focusing on meeting arbitrary deadlines for withdrawal,” Boehner said in a statement Wednesday. “Any drawdown of U.S. troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on political calculations.  If the Obama Administration insists on beginning to draw down troops in July, it must explain how the pace and scope of such a move will not undermine the tenuous progress we’ve made thus far.  To date, it has not done so.”

During the two-day visit to Afghanistan, the six-member delegation received updates from Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and international military forces; U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry; Lt. General David Rodriguez, the commander of NATO-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command; Lt. General Bill Caldwell, the commander of NATO Training Mission -- Afghanistan; U.S. Embassy – Kabul senior diplomats; the commanders and senior civilian representatives in Regional Command – East, Regional Command – South, and Regional Command – Southwest; and U.S. troops from the Members’ home states.

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