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Rep. Castor makes trip to Afghanistan



Congresswoman Kathy Castor is headed home from Afghanistan today after spending three days surveying the war operation.

"I think the transition for redeployment out of Afghanistan is headed in the right direction," the Tampa Democrat said. "I've been very impressed and inspired by the young men and women in the American Armed Services."

She left Washington Thursday with other lawmakers (such trips are called CODELs, for Congressional Delegation) and met with top officials and got a look at the Afghan Army. Castor, a member of the Armed Services Committee, was on her first trip to Afghanistan.

Castor was elected in 2006 on a platform that called for a rapid withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and she has supported leaving Afghanistan as well. Last year, she voted against an additional $33 billion in war funding. President Obama has called for a troop drawdown beginning in July, a timetable many Republicans oppose.

Below: Photo of Castor and a soldier who has family in Riverview, near Tampa.


Photo provided by Castor's office. Identity of soldier unknown.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 6, 2011 12:26pm]


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