Hawke's Bay Today

Afghanista­n visit


The Pentagon’s top official has made an unannounce­d visit to Afghanista­n to meet with US commanders and Afghan leaders amid a push for peace with the Taliban. Pat Shanahan, the recently installed Acting Secretary of Defence, said he has no orders to reduce the US troop presence, although officials say that is at the top of the Taliban’s list of demands in explorator­y peace negotiatio­ns.

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