US Rep. Kildee returns from trip to Afghanistan

Apr 6, 2013

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has returned from a trip to Afghanistan, the freshman's first official overseas travel as a member of Congress.

The Flint Township Democrat says the country is headed in the right direction with its own forces stepping up to provide security.

Kildee traveled to Afghanistan as part of a three-member delegation. He got back on Saturday.

Some in the country fear a Taliban resurgence. Kildee tells The Flint Journal he got the sense citizens aren't interested in returning to Taliban rule and that "the people in Afghanistan are ready for a period of peace."

Kildee and his group met with troops and held talks with U.S. and Afghan officials.

There now are about 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a 2010 peak of about 100,000.