UPDATE: Buchanan Meets With U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is in Afghanistan, Israel and other countries this week as part of a congressional delegation focused on national security.
Buchanan met with Florida troops, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens and Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan.
Buchanan eats with Florida troops from Orlando, Panama City and St. Augustine
His briefings included an overview of Afghan security and the status of the war against terror, including efforts to contain an estimated 20 terrorist groups currently operating in Afghanistan. He was also briefed on terrorist recruitment and radicalization.
From left: Gen. John Nicholson, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Buchanan
“Maintaining strong ties with our allies in the fight against terrorism is critical to our national security,” Buchanan said. “It was an honor and privilege to meet some of the Florida soldiers keeping us safe overseas.”
Buchanan (front row, second from right) with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (front row, third from left) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens (second row, second from left)
Roughly 8,500 American troops and 5,000 foreign allies are stationed in Afghanistan. The U.S.-led coalition forces are focused on training and advising Afghan soldiers, who are fighting Taliban militants.
The overseas trip will continue through the week.