US 'Rethinking' Details of Afghanistan Mission

February 21, 2015 5:17 PM

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The new U.S. defense secretary, Ashton Carter, says the United States is "rethinking details" of its counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, including whether to slow down the withdrawal of U.S. troops, whose mission is changing from combat to training as Afghan troops take on responsibility for the fight against the Taliban.

On his first trip abroad since becoming Pentagon chief earlier this week, Carter made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Saturday, where he told reporters the United States is reassessing counterterrorism needs in the country. He said the issue is on the agenda when Afghan President Ashraf Ghani vi...

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