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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin was in New Delhi, India, on Saturday ahead of touring to Afghanistan.



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WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary

Lloyd Austin

built an unannounced take a look at to Afghanistan Sunday ahead of a coming deadline for President Biden to draw down U.S. troops in America’s longest war.

The Pentagon reported Mr. Austin met with Afghan President

Ashraf Ghani

together with U.S. armed forces and diplomatic leaders in the nation as aspect of his take a look at, the initial by a top Biden administration official.

The trip came ahead of a May well 1 deadline negotiated by the outgoing Trump administration to withdraw the remaining two,500 troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Biden reported in an job interview past week that even if the May well deadline is tricky to fulfill, it would not be prolonged substantially for a longer period.

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