U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina says she has a better perspective of the harsh conditions in Afghanistan as she visited the Middle East on her first oversees trip since taking office earlier this year.
Hagan said Monday that she was able to spend two days in Afghanistan, visiting with U.S. troops and talking with senior officials from both countries.
The trip was not disclosed until Monday for security reasons, and the Democrat called to speak with reporters from an undisclosed location in the region.
Hagan's envoy, including four other senators, met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. The lawmakers also visited the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, where officials see poppy growing and violence as obstacles to reconstruction.
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