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New US Defense Chief on First Official Visit to Afghanistan

The new U.S. defense secretary, Ashton Carter, arrived in Afghanistan early Saturday for a previously unannounced visit -- his first overseas trip as Pentagon chief. Carter plans to meet with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as the U.S. mission in Afghanistan changes from combat to training and advising Afghan forces, who have taken responsibility for the country's security. About 10,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan. Before taking office, Carter told the U.S. Senate he could...

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