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U.S. senators see Afghan hope, Pakistan fear

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. Senator John Kerry, who recently visited the region, said US forces’ killing of bin Laden in Pakistan…

Afghanistan won’t be ready for US withdrawal: Lugar

US and NATO efforts in Afghanistan suffer from a crippling “lack of clarity” about their ultimate goal and sputtering progress on the ground, a top US lawmaker warned Wednesday. “There is substantial concern about our course in Afghanistan,” said Senator Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations…