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McCain: Afghanistan situation will get harder
McCain: Afghanistan situation will get harder
By Jason Straziuso - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Dec 7, 2008 17:56:28 EST

KABUL, Afghanistan Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the situation in Afghanistan will get more difficult before it gets easier just like the surge in Iraq was.

The former Republican presidential candidate visited the southern province of Helmand, where he said NATO forces are at a stalemate with insurgents. McCain said the U.S. will be paying more attention to that part of the country with an influx of troops.

McCain visited the country with Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham, all members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The three have also visited Iraq, India and Pakistan in the last several days.

President-elect Barack Obama asked McCain to report back to him on what the three learn, Lieberman said.

The three senators had dinner Saturday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet. They also met with U.S. Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in the country, and a newly arrived U.S. general in Helmand, where British troops have been stationed.

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