Monday, April 24, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Arrives In Afghanistan As The Country's Top Military Officials Resign

Reuters: Afghan defense chief quits over attack, as Mattis flies in

Afghanistan's defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base, threatening to overshadow a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis as Washington looks to craft a new strategy for the country.

Mattis was expected to meet Afghan officials and U.S. commanders who are pushing for more troops. But his arrival in Kabul came amid the fall-out from Friday's Taliban assault on a base in the north of the country in which more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed.

"Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect," the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced in a post on its Twitter account.

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1 comment:

James said...

Looks like the Afghanis heard that the gravy train won't be stopping there anymore. No more easy money, time to git.