June 29th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Petraeus defends U.S. mission in Afghanistan

Gen. David Petraeus strongly defended the U.S. mission in Afghanistan Tuesday, telling members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that "we should never forget that the 9/11 attacks were planned in southern Afghanistan and that the initial training of the attackers was carried out in camps in Afghanistan."

"Our task in Afghanistan is clear," he said. "We cannot allow al Qaeda or other transnational extremist elements to once again establish sanctuaries from which they can launch attacks on our homeland or on our allies."

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