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Independent Review of Afghanistan War Failures Gets Backing of Key Senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Commission said this week he supports an independent commission to probe the failures of the 20-year war in Afghanistan, adding momentum to the proposal on Capitol Hill.

A thoughtful, nonpartisan and objective panel similar to the 9/11 Commission that examined the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. could be a benefit, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., told Military.com.

Reed’s position as chairman and top Armed Services Democrat makes him a gatekeeper for what gets into the annual defense authorization bill, a mammoth, must-pass piece of legislation that would be a likely vehicle for an Afghanistan panel.

"I think it's important to understand, not just the last few months, but the whole experience going back to 2001 when we first started our operations there," Reed said. "I think we can learn a lot and also identify decisions that will help us in the future make better decisions."

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