Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was in New Delhi, India, on Saturday just before traveling to

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was in New Delhi, India, on Saturday just before traveling to Afghanistan.



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WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary

Lloyd Austin

created an unannounced stop by to Afghanistan Sunday in advance of a coming deadline for President Biden to attract down U.S. troops in America’s longest war.

The Pentagon claimed Mr. Austin met with Afghan President

Ashraf Ghani

together with U.S. armed forces and diplomatic leaders in the region as section of his stop by, the first by a prime Biden administration official.

The vacation arrived in advance of a May possibly 1 deadline negotiated by the outgoing Trump administration to withdraw the remaining 2,500 troops in Afghanistan. Mr. Biden claimed in an interview very last 7 days that even if the May possibly deadline is complicated to meet up with, it would not be prolonged substantially extended.

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