Hagel and Reed Announce Iraq/Afghanistan Trip With Obama

Sens. Chuck HagelChuck HagelThere's still time for another third-party option Hagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE (R-Neb.) and Jack ReedJack ReedDems to GOP: Admit Trump is 'unfit' to be president Armed Services leaders encouraged after first conference meeting US urges China to be calm in wake of South China Sea ruling MORE's (D-R.I.) offices announced Sunday that the two senators will accompany Barack ObamaBarack ObamaClinton and Trump should 'name names' on foreign policy picks Jesse Jackson group urges blacks to unite — and vote Calif. Dem touts her 'badass' sister's Senate run MORE on a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq this summer.

While in Iraq, they'll look at whether the U.S. troop surge has led to "the progress necessary to resolve Iraq's political differences, provide basic services to the Iraqi people, and create long-term stability," according to a press release.

In Afghanistan, the senators will "assess the U.S.-led efforts to combat the Taliban and expand security in light of the recent rise in violence, while also assessing the political and economic situation."

Both Hagel and Reed stressed the bipartisan nature of the trip in statements.

"U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan are at the center of America

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