December 18, 2018

Senator Kamala Harris Visits Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, recently returned from Kabul, Afghanistan and other locations in the country where she met American servicemembers, diplomats, and national security professionals supporting the Afghan military in their fight against insurgent forces and terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban, toured numerous bases across the country, and received briefings on U.S. military operations in the region. Harris joined U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) on the congressional delegation.

“During my time in Afghanistan, I was honored to meet with United States service members, including many from California, who make daily sacrifices on behalf of their country and who are away from home during this holiday season. I was grateful to receive on the ground briefings on the state of the region and discuss how best to keep our country and our allies safe from the threat posed by terrorism,” said Harris. “I remain eager to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan so we can bring U.S. servicemembers and national security professionals home.”

Since joining the U.S. Senate, Harris has also visited Iraq, where she met with troops to discuss the challenges they faced in the fight to defeat ISIS.  Earlier this year, Harris visited Marines Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, where she received briefings on the base’s capabilities and met with servicemembers and spouses of active duty Marines and visited the U.S. Navy’s submarine base in San Diego.