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McCain arrives in Afghanistan on Fourth of July visit

By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 4:44 AM EDT, Thu July 4, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • McCain is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • International security forces are expected to be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014

(CNN) -- U.S. Senator John McCain arrived on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Thursday, a coalition spokeswoman told CNN.

The Arizona Republican is expected to meet with U.S. forces. He is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The Fourth of July visit comes as the United States prepares to draw down its forces in Afghanistan.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force plans to withdraw all international combat troops by the end of 2014 but to keep a residual force in the country to help train Afghans and carry out counterterrorism operations when needed. The size of that force remains under discussion.

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