The Hill: Pentagon chief makes unannounced stop in Afghanistan

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stopped in Afghanistan on Monday in a previously unannounced visit to meet with local officials amid ongoing peace negotiations with Taliban leaders.

The Associated Press reported that Shanahan said he’s encouraged by the latest push to bring an end to the lengthy war. He added that he was not in the country with orders to reduce U.S. troop presence.

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