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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Gillibrand wants combat forces out of Afghanistan by 2014

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The 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum has spent much of the last decade in Afghanistan, fighting Al Quaeda and the Taliban.

More than five hundred soldiers and reservists from the North Country are currently serving in that country.

But New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the time has come for President Barack Obama to set a clear time-table for bringing the troops home. Todd Moe has details.

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"New Yorkers, the American public and the American taxpayer have grown very weary of the war in Afghanistan with good reason," Gillibrand said. 

"So today I'm announcing my call for a clear plan to end America's war in Afghanistan an focus our fight against Al Quaeda's terror networks in regions where the threat of attacks on America is more urgent."

Speaking in a conference call yesterday, Gillibrand – who is a Democrat – called for the draw-down to begin this July with the last combat troops out of Afghanistan by 2014.

Gillibrand said the main terror threat to the US is no longer coming from Afghanistan.

"We need to do everything possible to protect against another 9/11 type attack.  So my biggest concern right now is with all our forces committed in Afghanistan where we have had no terror attacks emanating from in the last decade, that if we are not investing in other operations and strategies worldwide, we will not do enough to protect against another 9/11 terror attack."

Gillibrand argued that Al Quaeda has "metastasized" so that it can conduct operations from many other countries, without a permanent base of operations in Afghanistan.

She also blasted the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  She said those countries leaders have proved to be poor partners in the war on terror.

It’s unclear whether Gillibrand’s bill has any chance of passage in a congress divided between Republicans and Democrats.

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