KABUL, Afghanistan — The ranking Republican on the US
Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday that NATO and Afghan troops
will prevail in the war if they can succeed in securing and bolstering
governance in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.
US Sen. John
McCain, who visited Afghanistan's largest city in the south on Monday
with two other US lawmakers, warned of tough fighting ahead and
predicted that casualties would rise in the short-term.
Taliban know that Kandahar is the key to success or failure," McCain
told a news conference at the airport in Kabul. "So what happens in this
operation will have a great effect on the outcome of this conflict. But
I am convinced we can succeed and will succeed, and Kandahar is
obviously the key area. And if succeed there, we will succeed in the
rest of this struggle."