Washington (CNN) – Lawmakers questioned a high-ranking diplomat and a top military official to Afghanistan on Thursday about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan in light of a troop surge announced last week.
Legislators on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs inquired how Pakistan played a role in the Afghanistan strategy; the impact of community development in combating the insurgency and measuring progress; and on the practicality of the July 2011 timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops, among other issues.
The hearing was the fourth this week in which top officials testified about President Barack Obama's new plan for the Afghan war, which involves the deployment of another 30,000 U.S. troops and a July 2011 date for the beginning of an American withdrawal.
It was the third hearing for Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and the fourth for U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.