Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

February 21, 2015 1:21 PM

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center left, is greeted with a military honor guard as he arrives to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday.

Newly confirmed Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, gave the strongest indication to date that the White House is considering slowing down its troop withdrawal timetable to accommodate security concerns.

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