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Acting US Defence Secretary makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

IANS  |  Kabul 

Acting US Defence arrived in on Monday on an unannounced visit.

According to officials, will meet US troops and is likely to also hold talks with Afghan leaders and military officials, reports

The visit came as US for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who held talks with representatives lately, started a trip to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, and on Sunday.

Meanwhile, US has publicly questioned the benefits of a continued military presence in and ordered the military to pull out of in December.

An official told that Trump at the same time also decided to withdraw about half of the 14,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan.

said before departing that he had no orders to "step down our forces in Afghanistan", but was tasked with supporting the ongoing peace talks between and the

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 12:30 IST
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