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Mattis: US seeking victory in Afghanistan

2018/03/14 | 17:25

(Iraq Now News)- Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, arriving at the Kabul Airport with little fanfare before offering rare public comments on the Afghan War.

Mattis focused on what ‘victory’ would look like, and offered a glimpse into US strategy for achieving it, the Antiwar reported.Mattis confirmed in his comments that any victory in Afghanistan would be “not a military victory.” Rather, he sees victory coming in the form of political reconciliation.

That’s not going to involve major peace talks, however, as Mattis called that “a bridge too far,” reflecting Trump’s opposition to such talks with the Taliban.Instead, Mattis suggested that the strategy would mirror something that’s been tried repeatedly in Afghanistan, “peeling away” some Taliban factions by drawing them into talks.

Mattis said the US has seen “interest” in such talks.

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