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Mattis Sees Progress in Afghanistan, But No Plans for Troop Drawdowns

Mattis Sees Progress in Afghanistan, But No Plans for Troop Drawdowns by Leo Shane III - Military Times

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is focused on finding an end to the war in Afghanistan, but that doesn’t involve withdrawing U.S. military forces from the country soon.

“We are going to stand with the 41 nations, largest wartime coalition in history, who are still committed to this effort,” Mattis said at the Reagan National Defense Forum here on Saturday.

“The Taliban have made clear the lives of the Afghan people are of no value to them. They can’t win at the ballot box, so they are trying to terrorize instead.”...

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