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Published September 04, 2009, 10:21 AM

Pomeroy: 'Our last best chance' in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The United States likely faces its last chance to turn around support for the war in Afghanistan, North Dakota’s congressman said this morning.

By: Kristen Daum, INFORUM

WASHINGTON - The United States likely faces its last chance to turn around support for the war in Afghanistan, North Dakota’s congressman said this morning from Washington.

Earl Pomeroy spent two days in Afghanistan during a bipartisan congressional trip overseas this past week, and called for “reasonable benchmarks” to be put in place in order to evaluate the war’s progress.

“The war in Afghanistan has never been more difficult or dangerous,” Pomeroy said. “In comparison with the trips I took in 2002 and 2007, al-Qaida and the Taliban are attacking more effectively and in more places.”

Pomeroy also said the United States must work to rebuild trust and support within the Afghan population, while sustaining support among the American people and Congress.

“Realistically, this is our last, best chance,” he said. “The team that the president has put in place must deliver progress if support is to be sustained in Congress for this effort.”

For more on this story, read Saturday’s Forum.

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