Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he plans to keep the current number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year: 

"I support President Obama's decision to maintain current troop levels in Afghanistan through the end of the year, but I fear that number may already be too low. And as the President considers his new drawdown strategy for 2016, I urge him to consider the consequences of his deadline-driven withdrawal in Iraq, where his decision allowed the enemy to regroup and morph into what we now call the Islamic State. Afghanistan remains our one, irrefutable victory in the war against Islamic terror: we expelled al Qaeda and it hasn't returned. President Obama should commit to making sure it stays that way."