Tuesday, March 13, 2018

US Defence Secretary Mattis Arrives In Afghanistan. Detecting Some Taliban Interest In Afghan Peace Talks

DW: Taliban 'elements' interested in talks: US defense secretary Jim Mattis

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he thinks victory is still possible in Afghanistan's long-running war. Flying into Kabul on a surprise visit, he said some Taliban rebels were signaling readiness to talk.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, saying he was aiming both to assess recently boosted US military operations and the chances of reconciliation between Taliban rebels and the Afghan government.

The visit, which was not announced due to security concerns, comes after the United States stepped up assistance to the Afghan military as part of a new regional strategy announced last year.

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More News On US Defence Secretary Mattis's Remarks On Detecting Some Taliban Interest In Afghan Peace Talks

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Taliban factions interested in reaching Afghan peace settlement, Mattis says -- CNN
Mattis Makes Surprise Kabul Visit, Sees 'Taliban Interest' In Peace Talks -- RFE
Pentagon chief Mattis arrives in Afghanistan, discusses reconciliation with the Taliban -- Washington Post
In Surprise Visit to Kabul, Jim Mattis Stresses Focus on Peace, Reconciliation -- Wall Street Journal
US Defense Chief Makes Unannounced Visit to Kabul -- VOA
'All Wars Come to an End,' Mattis Says, Reporting Taliban Interest in Afghan Peace Talks -- Newsweek

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