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Sandoval: U.S. Must Maintain Presence In Afghanistan

Governor Brian Sandoval says the U.S. must continue to maintain a presence in Afghanistan to ensure security and prevent the Taliban from regaining a foothold.  

Sandoval, one of four U.S. governors who made a weekend visit to Afghanistan, said Sunday it's important for the U.S. to play an advisory role after the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of the year. In a conference call with reporters from Kabul, Sandoval says he's impressed by progress made since his last visit to Afghanistan in 2011 and he thinks Afghan government forces are "well positioned" to face insurgent attacks.

Afghanistan's new president, Ghani Ahmadzai, is expected to sign a security agreement that allows about 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after all combat troops are withdrawn.
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