U.S. Senate Republican Candidate and Veteran Corky Messner Applauds Peace Deal and Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal Plan

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BEDFORD, NH – U.S. Senate Republican candidate and veteran Bryant “Corky” Messner welcomed news of a U.S.-Taliban peace treaty and planned pull-out of American troops from Afghanistan.

“I have long argued against the long-term deployment of our troops in Afghanistan, and this treaty hopefully marks the end of what has been America’s longest war,” says Messner. “This peace accord is a major win for the President, for our troops and for the American people. President Trump has my support for such an historic move, but of course, the Taliban must live up to its end of the bargain, and we must closely monitor the situation.”

The deal with the Taliban includes the withdrawal of all U.S. troops within 14 months. The conflict has resulted in the death of more than 3,500 Americans and coalition troops and tens of thousands of Afghans since the U.S. invasion following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“This news comes, of course, as New Hampshire mourns one of its own: Air Force Capt. Ryan Phaneuf of Hudson, died Jan. 27 while serving in Afghanistan,” says Messner. “Our prayers are with his family and friends, and our hopes are high that we can achieve stability and long-lasting peace in the Middle East and avoid putting other brave young men and women in harm’s way.”


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