New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State




 
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March 25th, 2015  
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Topic: New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State


By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country. In a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Ghani said Afghanistan owes a "profound debt" to the thousands of U.S. troops killed and wounded in the war that began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ghani, who became president last year, has been feted in Washington during a five-day trip to the United States seeking to repair ties frayed under his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. Lawmakers also are considering President Barack Obama's request for authorization of his military campaign against Islamic State, which has met stiff resistance on Capitol Hill.




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