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BREAKING:US Defence Secretary visits Afghanistan ahead of troop withdrawal

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, weeks before an arranged withdrawal of all leftover US troops.

In the wake of meeting President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, he required a capable finish to the conflict yet would not say whether the cutoff time would be met. Mr Austin said the attention ought to be on lessening significant degrees of savagery to permit an arranged finish to the contention.

The pullout was concurred with the Taliban by the Trump organization a year ago. Be that as it may, there are inquiries about whether the extremists have kept their promise to haggle with the Afghan government.

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ew US President Joe Biden has said the May 1 cutoff time would be hard to meet, provoking admonitions of “results” from the Taliban. Mr Austin is the primary individual from Mr Biden’s bureau to visit Afghanistan. He flew into Kabul on Sunday toward the finish of a short visit through Asia. Addressing writers, Mr Austin would not say whether the Taliban had met their commitments under the new arrangement.

“Clearly the degree of brutality stays pretty high in the country,” he said, cited by the New York Times. We’d truly prefer to see that viciousness descend, and I think on the off chance that it descends it can start to set the conditions for some truly productive strategic work.” There are fears that if unfamiliar militaries pull out before an enduring understanding is reached, the Taliban may get back to control.

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The US says it has about 2,500 soldiers still in Afghanistan. The Trump organization focused on pulling out troops from Afghanistan. The arrangement endorsed in February 2020 said that the US and its Nato partners would pull out all soldiers in 14 months if the Taliban maintained its guarantees, including not permitting al-Qaeda or different aggressors to work in zones it controlled, and continuing with public harmony talks.

Albeit the Taliban, a firm stance Islamist development, halted assaults on worldwide powers as a component of the noteworthy understanding, it has kept on battling the Afghan government. As a state of beginning exchanges with the Afghan government, the Taliban likewise requested that huge number of their men be delivered in a detainee trade. Direct talks at that point started in Doha in September 2020, yet an advancement has still not been reached.

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