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Frustrated With White House, McCain Unveils Afghan Strategy

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on July 27, 2017 in Washington.Cliff Owen / AP

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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona is proposing a new "strategy for success" in Afghanistan.

He's calling for increasing the number of U.S. counterterrorism forces and giving them a freer hand to target the Taliban, Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. He declared Thursday that "America is adrift in Afghanistan."

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The Republican senator has been openly critical of the Trump administration for failing to produce a plan for winning in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump has resisted the Pentagon's recommendation to boost U.S. troop levels.

McCain says he'll seek a vote when the Senate returns in September and takes up the annual defense policy bill.

His amendment to the bill calls for a "long-term, open-ended" U.S.-Afghanistan partnership that includes an "enduring U.S. counterterrorism presence."

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