Senator Hatch supports President's effort to withdraw troops, but not the strategy

- SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – Utah's senior senator is concerned about part of President Obama’s plan to bring America's longest war to an end.

Senator Orrin Hatch supports the President's effort to put an end to the Afghan War, but not the way he's going about it.

The plan will pull all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

Hatch says it's a mistake to let the opposition know when.

He fears that gives the enemy opportunity to plot against us.

"We don't want it to go right back where it was, nor do we want it to be a nest for future Al-Qaeda missions against the United States and other free countries of the world," said Hatch.

He believes too much has been sacrificed and accomplished to allow that to happen.

"Our troops have made a real difference, especially for young girls and women who were being mistreated by the Taliban and others," said Hatch.

The President's plan calls for a rapid reduction of the current 32,800 troops to 9800 by the end of this year, 5000 by the end of 2015.

Those remaining troops will shift their focus to training Afghan fighters and counter-terror operations.

Hatch insists that mission is critical to preserving the cause.

"I think there is a lot riding on freedom around the world by how we handle Afghanistan and other parts of the world," said Hatch.

Under the President's plan only embassy personnel will remain by the end of 2016.

At its height there were 100,000 U.S. forces on the ground there.

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