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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reaffirms U.S. commitment to Afghanistan in unannounced visit

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reaffirms U.S. commitment to Afghanistan in unannounced visit

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Friday, saying the U.S. remains committed to supporting the Afghan government against a resilient insurgency.

"The United States’ presence … demonstrates to the world that America is and will remain committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan,” the Pentagon chief said at a news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

It was Carter’s last visit to Afghanistan before he is expected to be replaced by retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Defense secretary.

Carter said President Obama’s decision this year...

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