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Afghanistan policy review to complete soon: Mattis

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: There is no any recommendation made to the President Donald Trump on the number of troops in Afghanistan, said James Mattis, the US Defense Secretary, hopping that the ongoing review would be completed soon.

“On the number of troops, no, I have not made a recommendation yet,” Mattis told reporters at a joint Pentagon news conference with Gen Joseph Dunford, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday.

“What I’ve done is I’ve gone to Afghanistan. I’ve met with (the Afghan) President (Ashraf) Ghani. I have met with the NATO representatives and I’ve met with our commander in the field,” he said.

Mattis had also been in Brussels where he talked to counterparts to collect allied input.

“That recommendation is being put together by the chairman and myself, and I expect it’ll go to decision very, very soon. But, no, it has not been made yet,” Mattis said in response to a question.



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