May 5th, 2010
08:38 AM ET
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House committee to consider progress in Afghanistan


Wednesday's hearing will evaluate how security and stability has changed since President Obama began adding troops into the central Asian nation. (Photo Credit: Getty Images/File)

Washington (CNN) - The House Armed Services Committee will take stock of the Obama administration's new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

The hearing will evaluate how security and stability has changed since President Obama began adding troops into the central Asian nation.

The Obama administration has poured about 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan since December, bringing the number of American troops to about 100,000. An additional 40,000-plus NATO troops are also in the conflict.

Allied and Afghan troops recently retook the southern city of Marjah from the Taliban and have been expected to move on the Kandahar region in June.

Those plans have been met with apprehension by Afghan leaders, including President Hamid Karzai.

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  1. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    End these Wars for profit! Bring our brave troops Home! Stop the global imperialism! Cut the Military budgets and reduce the national debt.
    Protect our borders here at home.

    May 5, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. doug

    This latest terrorist in Times Square has something in common with our last two who conducted terrorist activity.

    Like the guy who crashed the plane in Austin and the teacher who murdered those people in Alabama, this guy is a Bush/Republican hater who has said the exact same things as the Demo-rat libs at the ticker and accross this country.

    We have a problem with leftist extremists, the Islamic extremists seems to be aligned with them since America and its people are the enemy to both.

    May 5, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Speaking of Afghanistan, why is it that we don't hear about American casualties like we were bombarded with daily during the Bush administration?

    Fact – the deadliest months in the Afghan war have been duing Obama's tenure. Yet, no mention in the mainstream media.

    The silence is deafening.

    May 5, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Michael

    Much as I hate talking this way, it may be time to consider the proposition that not only states, but also societies can fail. There may be cultures that simply are beyond help. These people have been fighting everything that moves for at least 300 years; if there are no foreigners to fight, they will fight each other.
    How many Afghans are there? Maybe they will stop fighting if they are dispersed throughout the civilized world, say 1 Afghan family in every town in the USA, Europe, and China for starters. They will have to learn how to get along with their neighbors if they want to survive.
    Meanwhile Afghanistan can be used as a nature preserve for endangered species or something. After 2 or 3 generations the (now civilized) Afhgan descendants could be repatriated.
    All this would cost less than the war and probably work better too.

    May 5, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Bottom Line

    This is a waste of time and money. Isn't there something of more impact to the American people for Congress to be concerned with?

    May 5, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. ac

    So far, it seems that the President's surge is not working as good as Bush's surge. I hope that they make the necesary adjustments on the battle field so we will be able to get our soldiers back home as soon as possible.

    May 5, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |