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John McCain, a senior American senator, strongly criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's anti-Daesh strategy, and also the troops downsize in Afghanistan.
McCain, who recently visited Afghanistan, accused Obama administration of failing the war against Daesh – an extremist group which has recently emerged in Afghanistan but has already seized large cities in Iraq and Syria.
"Our means and our current level of effort are not aligned with our ends," McCain said at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs. "That suggests we are not winning, and when you are not winning in war, you are losing."
In addition, he warned if sufficient forces were not stationed in Afghanistan after 2016, the country would likely turn into a dangerous country like Iraq.
"Afghanistan is certainly not Iraq, but the parallels are eerily familiar," McCain said.
"As in Iraq, the United States is contemplating a drastic reduction in force presence that places at risk the hard-won gains of the last decade. While Afghanistan's security forces are improving in quality, they are still missing the same set of key capabilities the Iraqis were missing when the U.S. withdrew in 2011, including intelligence, aviation, special operations, and logistics capabilities," he warned.
Another American senator also blasted Obama administration's future plan for Afghanistan.
"If we do it in Afghanistan the same thing [like Iraq] is going to happen there, both of which would be tragedies," said Senator Jeff Sessions.
Meanwhile, the U.S. defense secretary Ashton Carter stressed the need for strong commitment to defeat Daesh.
"Achieving ISIS's [Daesh] lasting defeat will require continued commitment [and] steady leadership from the United States and our global coalition [and] handwork by our men and women in uniform," Carter noted.
Earlier in March, President Obama decided to maintain 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of this year.
He announced the reduction in troops would take place in 2016 and that based on conditions on the ground.