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Republican lawmakers are warning the White House that leaving fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be a “fatal mistake.”

Reuters on Tuesday reported the administration is considering leaving “well below”10,000 troops in the country after 2014. That is the minimum number military commanders say would be necessary to continue training Afghan forces and conducting a counterterrorism mission there.

“We hope a recent press report that the White House is considering a post-2014 force in Afghanistan well below the recommendations of our military commanders is incorrect,” said a statement from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.).

“After 13 years of sacrifice and investment, success in Afghanistan is now within our grasp. The last thing we should do in the coming years is increase the risks to our mission unnecessarily,” they said.