Congressional leaders say Taliban is stronger

The heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday declared that the Taliban has grown stronger since President Obama’s deployment of 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

The pessimistic report by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican, challenges Mr. Obama’s own assessment last week in his surprise visit to Kabul that the “tide had turned” and that “we broke the Taliban‘s momentum.”

In a joint interview, Mrs. Feinstein and Mr. Rogers told CNN’s “State of the Union” they aren’t so sure. The two recently returned from a fact-finding trip to the region, where they met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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