Pentagon chief James Mattis to submit his Afghan review to Donald Trump

US Defence Secretary James Mattis is reviewing the situation in Afghanistan and will soon submit his report to US President Donald Trump, who is awaiting a similar assessment from intelligence agencies.

“We’re putting our thoughts together now,” Mattis told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is travelling to now after cancelling his Afghan trip due to bad weather. “The President has been rightly reticent on it, because he’s waiting for my assessment, and the assessment from the intelligence community. And he’s open to my advice on it,” he said in response to a question.

“But first of all I’ve got to formulate where I stand, and so this is the normal collection of the information, and to assess what the other countries in the region are doing in Afghanistan to help or hinder us in our efforts there,” the Defence Secretary said. Read More…

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