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Congressman Ryan Costello

Representing the 6th District of Pennsylvania

Rep. Costello Statement on Strategy in Afghanistan

August 22, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06) issued the following statement on the strategy in Afghanistan:

“I support that the President outlined a strategy in Afghanistan that relies on the advice of experts and depends on conditions on the ground, as opposed to an arbitrary timeline. We should not facilitate a date of departure for terrorists or organizations with an intent to cause the United States harm.

“Within this strategy, it is appropriate to choose an approach that utilizes diplomatic, economic, and military options – both soft and hard power. We must also make sure Pakistan is willing to assist us in our essential counterterrorism goals in the region, which means Pakistan must reject any tolerance for militants or terrorists. These are each important parts of a strategy for rooting out terrorists from safe harbor, so they cannot develop attacks on U.S. citizens or our homeland, and for Afghanistan to deliver its own future.”