- Associated Press - Monday, September 29, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has released a YouTube video from Afghanistan in which he praises the “huge progress” in that country since his last visit three years ago.

Haslam is one of four U.S. governors who travelled to Afghanistan on Saturday to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.

In the video posted Monday on YouTube, Haslam says the country has gone from having about 700,000 children receiving basic education to about 8 million, half of whom are girls and women.

In Haslam’s words: “It is literally a different country, and I don’t think we have that great of appreciation for that.”

The governor praises the work of Tennessee troops in the country and says their work overseas helps keep Americans safe at home.

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