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Turner Statement on the President’s Announced Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Today, Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement upon the President’s announcement that he will be removing 30,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012:

“This evening the President announced that he will be withdrawing 30,000 troops from Afghanistan. That nation, according to our military leaders on the ground, remains a fragile security environment [...]

The War on Terror Continues

Late Sunday evening, President Obama announced from the White House that U.S. Navy SEALs had located and killed Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden had been the most wanted person in the world, and the search for him has spanned three presidencies. This has been an effort tirelessly pursued by our service members, intelligence community, and [...]

Turner visits Afghanistan to assess military issues

A recent trip to Afghanistan by Congressman Michael Turner (R-OH) elucidated some of the region’s deeply entrenched problems and the challenges faced by coalition force there.

Turner stated that, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he wanted to get a firmer grip on the military and political issues that currently beset Afghanistan.

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Observations from Afghanistan

Only a few days after our country celebrated its 234th birthday this July 4, I had the honor to visit with our men and women in uniform in Afghanistan. I was inspired by the sacrifices our soldiers – and their families – make, day in and day out. I was grateful to have the opportunity to thank them in person and to bring the greetings of a proud nation from half a world [...]

Turner Floor Statement of the National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, the top Republican on the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, released the following prepared remarks for Floor consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2011:

“I thank the gentleman from California, Mr. McKeon, and the gentleman from Missouri, Mr. Skelton, for their leadership in guiding this bill [...]

Mike Turner Concerned Administration is Diminishing U.S. Nuclear Options

Last May, President Obama clearly stated, ‘I don’t take options off the table when it comes to U.S. security, period.’ Unfortunately, his new Nuclear Posture Review does just that. It delivers a muddled message that weakens the strength of our [...]

Tackling the Opium Trade is Key to Finishing the War in Afghanistan

Recent reports from U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan show American troops and technology are beginning to turn the tide in that conflict. Ongoing air strikes on terrorist targets using remote- piloted “drones” are having an effect as Afghan forces increasingly struggle to communicate with each other and villagers refuse to offer them places to hide.

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Turner Blasts Administration on GITMO North Price Tag

U.S. Representative Mike Turner today called for the Obama Administration to present a detailed plan to Congress on the cost to modify the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois. [...]

Congress Must Act to Protect Key Provisions of the Patriot Act

In the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act, legislation that gave law enforcement authorities and the intelligence community many important tools to investigate terrorist threats directed at harming innocent [...]