Massachusetts: Keating tours Middle East; Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq

Fresh off of a trip to the Middle East, United States Congressman Bill Keating is back in the United States, addressing concerns over Pakistan, one of the countries he visited in his secret trip.

The trip, which featured stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, was kept from the public, to protect the delegation’s safety, until Sunday when they returned to the United States.

The Democrat says in Iraq, he saw firsthand the ongoing transfer, where US led security forces, are preparing to transfer control to local officials.

Keating says Iraq is in a more advanced stage of transfer compared to Afghanistan, where US Forces are still trying to stabilize the region.

Keating says his trip to Pakistan, creates a Moral dilemma, because of the fact that Pakistani’s have ties to terrorist

He says his House of Representatives delegation was the first to visit the volatile area, since the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

The South Shore Democrat was joined by four republican congressmen on the trip to the Middle East

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