Pompeo Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Washington Free Beacon | 7/9/2018 | Jack Heretik
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BY: Jack Heretik

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Afghanistan on Monday, kicking off an unannounced visit to the country.

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Pompeo, who arrived in the capital city of Kabul, is expected to meet and hold a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

An Afghan official told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty of the secretary's secretive trip; it is his first to Afghanistan as secretary of state.

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Such trips by senior American leaders are occasionally not announced publicly until the individual has already arrived due to security reasons, giving terrorists little time to plot an attack. Other times the visit is unannounced as a result of being planned last minute.

The United States has approximately 14,000 troops in Afghanistan who continue to carry out counterterrorism operations against Islamic State and al-Qaeda militants. It's hoped that the latest operation in a remote district in eastern Nangarhar Province – an area around Deh Bala –...
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