Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

HeadlineFeb 11, 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan landed in Afghanistan today for a surprise visit, following recent peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban and as several violent attacks have shaken the country in recent weeks. Shanahan said he does not have orders to withdraw U.S. troops from the country, a plan first announced by President Trump in December, as well as a key Taliban demand in the ongoing peace negotiations.

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