Mattis Meets With Afghan President During Unannounced Visit to Kabul

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstAfghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (R) meets with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and his delegation at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017
Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (R) meets with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and his delegation at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017 - Sputnik International
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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has arrived with an unannounced visit to Afghanistan where he has met with President Ashraf Ghani, the Office of the President of Afghanistan said in a statement on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — During the visit, Mattis will also meet with commanders of the NATO-led mission Resolute Support.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis addresses a news conference during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 16, 2017. - Sputnik International
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​Mattis’s visit to Afghanistan comes in the aftermath of a deadly attack by the Taliban terror group (banned in Russia) on a military base in the country’s northern province of Balkh. An estimated 150 soldiers and civilians were reported to have been killed.

Afghanistan's defense minister and chief of staff have resigned with immediate effect following the incident.

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