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    Posted: 24-Apr-2017 at 3:39pm

Secretary of Defense Mattis Meets With Afghan President During Unannounced Visit to Kabul

Mattis Meets With Afghan President During Unannounced Visit to Kabul

Mattis’s visit to Afghanistan comes in the aftermath of a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban terror group on a military base in the country’s northern province of Balkh. An estimated 150 soldiers and civilians were reported to have been killed.

He said, "We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission," adding that "2017 is going to be another tough year for the valiant Afghan security forces and the international troops who have stood and who will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan against terrorism."
Mattis called the attack on unarmed soldiers at a mosque and dining facility proof that the insurgent group was a "barbaric enemy," saying of the Pakistani Taliban, "These people have no religious foundation, they are not devout anything, and it shows why we stand with the people of this country against such heinous acts."
A senior US military official said Monday that the US had intelligence that the Haqqani network, a branch of the Taliban known for complex attacks, was likely behind the assault.
The official added that the attack probably took "four to six months" to plan given its complexity, another factor that pointed to the Haqqani network's involvement.
US officials have long said that the Haqqani group has enjoyed sanctuary in neighboring Pakistan, allowing it to launch attacks inside Afghanistan. The US has repeatedly asked the Pakistani government to crack down on the terror group.

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

The former president Karzai said after Friday’s army base attack he can no longer call the Taliban brothers. He Shifts His Stance on Taliban, Calls Them Terrorists.

Edited by MateenK - 28-Apr-2017 at 9:44pm
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