Gov. Nixon expresses concerns about Islamic State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is expressing concerns about the Islamic State group militants as he makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

Nixon is part of a delegation of four U.S. governors who traveled to Afghanistan over the weekend to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops. During a conference call Sunday with reporters, Nixon said the war on terror is becoming the “new normal.”

He says the situation in Afghanistan is improving, noting the country’s election of a new president and a soon-to-be-signed security agreement. But he says the expansion of terrorist groups into other areas is “sobering” and casting a shadow over the improvements. He said the situation pointed out continued responsibilities to “protect America and our way of life.”

The U.S. Department of Defense sponsored the trip.

 

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