Politics & Government

January 14, 2010 6:30 AM

Alaska Sen. Murkowski sees progress during Afghanistan trip

Over the weekend, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, walked through a bazaar in Garmsir, a town in Afghanistan's unstable Helmand province. That she was able to do it was remarkable, said Murkowski, who returned this week from a whirlwind, 15,000-mile journey with three other Republican senators through 15 times zones and one war zone. Seeing firsthand the U.S. effort in the region put Murkowski in an unusual posture: largely agreeing with the Obama administration's approach to the troop buildup in Afghanistan.

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