Sen. Graham, bipartisan group push to end future wars

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- There’s a new program launching on Capitol Hill to stop terrorism and prevent future wars.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is joining forces with top national security experts and a bipartisan group of fellow lawmakers in DC to unveil a new attack plan.

They’re working together on a taskforce to come up with a more coordinated strategy across the U.S. government to target extremism in vulnerable parts of the world.

Graham and others at this event say fighting international poverty will also be key to stopping future conflicts.

“Without security, there is no hope, but security alone is not the goal. You literally cannot kill your way into winning this battle against extremism," said Graham.

Graham says new bills will also be presented this week – along with a final security report – so the Congress and Trump administration can consider more ideas to tackle extremism.

Graham is working alongside Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Representative Eliot Engel, and GOP Rep. Michael McCaul on this effort. They're also joined by former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and the United States Institute of Peace to confront these challenges.

Since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, leaders at this news conference say trillions of U.S. dollars have been spent, along with much bloodshed, and while America and allies have successfully thwarted many incidents...there's a renewed focus on prevention.

Specifically, this coalition hopes to curb extremism and poverty in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Near East.

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