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McCain denounces US troop withdrawal plan in Afghanistan

Influential senator John McCain said Saturday the complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 would be a “serious mistake”, as stretched local forces battle a resurgent Taliban. “I think the most serious mistake the US could make… would be to have a calendar-based withdrawal,” McCain told a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Kabul. “That would be a tragedy and in my view an opening for the Taliban to gain great success in Afghanistan,” the chairman of the powerful US Senate Committee on Armed Services added.

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