After taking a week-long trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey, Senator Joe Donnelly is back in the United States.
The senator left last Sunday and came back Saturday night.
He says the main goal of the trip was to assess the U.S. progress in transitioning troops out of Afghanistan, learn about security challenges in Pakistan, meet with Syrian opposition and visit a Syrian refugee camp on the border in Turkey.
Senator Donnelly addressed the hot topic of chemical weapons Monday and says that is one of the challenges in Syria.
He says an opposition group affiliated with Al-Qaeda is trying to get their hands on them and if that happens, Donnelly says that would be a nightmare.
In order to prevent that, he says there are discussions in progress right now about creating a no fly zone over in the Syrian area.
Now, some good news when it comes to Afghanistan.
The senator says they're on schedule for the planned troop pullout of Afghanistan.
“The Afghan National Army is increasing in number. Their local police are increasing in number. So, our men and woman are coming home to the states where they should be. They should be in South Bend and they should be in La Porte”, says Donnelly.
Donnelly says the U.S. is also trying to build better relationships with Pakistan, make sure Pakistan has better relations with Afghanistan and seek border closures.
He says Taliban goes into Afghanistan to fight, and then heads back to Pakistan to hide from our troops.
So hopefully that will help.