New U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan seeking 'lasting' success

February 21, 2015 2:39 AM

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New U.S. defense chief in Afghanistan seeking 'lasting' success

KABUL (Reuters) - New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday on his first trip since taking over the job this week, saying he wanted to talk to Afghan and American officials to ensure a "lasting" success as U.S. troops withdraw.

Carter, who was sworn in on Tuesday, has suggested he would be open to slowing U.S. withdrawal plans, if necessary. But he did not signal whether he was leaning in that direction in comments to reporters shortly before landing in Kabul.

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