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U.S. Rep. Barber Returns from trip to Afghanistan

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Congressman Ron Barber's trip to Afghanistan comes at a crucial time, right when the country is getting ready for its presidential elections. It was the congressman's first trip to Afghanistan and he was able to meet with hundreds of military personnel from Arizona. The Congressman joined colleagues from the house armed services committee for the visit to the war zone.

He toured the US Embassy in Kabul, a forward operating base and the 1,600 acre marine corps base in the Helmand province.  Right now, US troops are finishing up training with Afghan troops. Barber says the timing for his visit was deliberate, because Afghanistan and our place there is going through a transition.  A presidential election is coming up on April 5th for the country.
 In addition to that, the goal is to minimize US troops in the area by the end of the year.
 Barber was also concerned about the morale of our military, especially after Afghan President Hamid Karzai's hostility towards American troops.

"It is insulting in the extreme for the leader of Afghanistan to treat Americans and what we've done with such contempt the insults are beyond belief. It has not affected the way in which our troops have carried out their mission. They have done it superbly, " says Congressman Barber.

He says what he learned in Afghanistan will be extremely useful going forward as he works to ensure our troops have the tools and resources they need.

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