US defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather

February 19, 2017 17:44
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ABU DHABI - US President Donald Trump's defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday but added he was reviewing next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top US commander.

"We're putting our thoughts together now," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters in Abu Dhabi, adding he spoke for several hours on Sunday via video-conference with General John Nicholson, the commander of US and international troops in Afghanistan.Mattis said he spoke with Ghani "at length" before leaving Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

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