US defence secretary Hagel arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit

December 6, 2014 8:05 AM

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KABUL (AFP) - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan in the final weeks of Nato’s 13-year war against the Taleban.

Hagel said Afghanistan had “come a long way” over the past decade and that a newly-elected Afghan government and its army were ready to take charge of security as the bulk of the international force departs by the end of the month.

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