McCain: Keep US troops in your prayers

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Senator John McCainJohn McCainFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ariz.) is asking Americans to keep U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan in their prayers this Fourth of July.

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The Arizona Republican made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Wednesday, where he and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Judiciary Committee to continue Russia probe after Mueller meeting MORE (R-S.C.) met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Along with Wednesday's meeting with the Afghan president, McCain, Graham and Sens. John CornynJohn CornynManhattan prosecutor: Gun law reciprocity bill ‘supported, I am sure, by ISIS’ GOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Opioid crisis threatens GOP ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Texas) and Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsJustice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report Sally Yates slams Sessions on criminal justice reform Preet Bharara emailed DOJ about phone call from Trump: report MORE (R-Ala.) met with soldiers stationed at International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command here.

U.S. troops from the lawmakers' respective states, as well as top command brass, took photos and chatted with the congressional delegation at the base, located on the outskirts of the Afghan capital.

The senators were on base to attend a reenlistment ceremony and also met with Marines stationed at the U.S. embassy in Kabul.



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“Our troops serving in #Afghanistan represent the best of America – let’s keep them in our prayers this 4th of July,” McCain tweeted Thursday.

Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerIvanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave GOP senators pleased with Ivanka Trump meeting on family leave, child tax credits McCain threatens to block Trump's deputy Defense nominee MORE (R-Neb.) and Tim KaineTim KaineLive coverage: Senate Dems hold talkathon to protest GOP health plan Trump supporter who lost tight Va. governor primary weighs Senate run Northam defeats Sanders-backed candidate in Va. gov primary MORE (D-Va.) also posted photos of meetings with U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

The lawmakers' visit to the joint command comes a day after the latest Taliban attack inside Kabul.

Seven people were killed during the attack on a logistics company near the base, which was the sixth strike against U.S. and allied forces inside Kabul in the last two months.

Taliban insurgents detonated a bomb outside the company's front gates and attempted to overrun the facility.

All four Taliban gunmen were killed in the failed attack. Two Nepalese contractors, an Afghan guard and two civilians were killed, according to ISAF officials.

The recent spike in violence will likely continue until the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which traditionally marks a temporary lull in the fighting season here.

The attacks, however, represent the strongest test of Afghanistan's nascent police and military forces, which took control of the country's security earlier this month.

Tuesday's raid on the ISAF contractor compound was the third such strike since Afghan National Security Forces took the lead in combat operations from American and NATO troops.

--This report was originally published at 8:32 a.m. and last updated at 5:02 p.m.