Congressional leaders say Taliban is stronger

The heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the Taliban has only grown stronger since President Barack Obama deployed 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

Spc. Charles Moore, left, of Angleton Texas, Pfc. Nikolai Starr, center, of San Antonio Texas.,along with Spc. Andrew Vanderhaeghen of Rochester, MN., of 2nd Platoon Bravo Company 2-327 return fires upon a sudden attack by Taliban on Combat Out Post Badel in easteran Afghanistan near Pakistan border on Saturday, Dec 25, 2010.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the Taliban has only grown stronger since President Barack Obama deployed 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

The remarks by California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers run counter to Obama's declaration last week from Afghanistan that the U.S. had "broke the Taliban's momentum."

In a joint interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," the lawmakers blamed Pakistani religious schools known as madrassas and the Pakistan-based Haqqani network for providing the Taliban with an endless supply of fighters and combat support.

Rogers said he and Feinstein agree that the first step should be to designate the Haqqani group a terrorist network and to "take aggressive steps" to disrupt their operations.


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