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New Pentagon Chief in Kabul Talks With Afghan President

The new U.S. defense secretary, Ashton Carter, met in Kabul Saturday with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, who sounded optimistic about his government's efforts to promote peace and reconciliation with the Taliban. Carter revealed that Washington is reconsidering its troop-withdrawal plans in light of Mr. Ghani's comments. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter chose Afghanistan for his first official trip abroad as U.S. defense secretary amid media accounts of initial contacts between...

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