Senior Pentagon official visits Afghanistan



Washington: US Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has visited Afghanistan and met the country's defence and interior ministers, the Pentagon said Monday, reported Xinhua.

According to Pentagon press secretary George Little, Carter met with Afghan Defence Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang Sunday.

Little said Carter travelled to Afghanistan specifically to "emphasize the US commitment to the Afghan National Security Forces and the ongoing development of the Afghan forces' enabling capabilities".

Carter and the Afghan ministers pledged to work together on the sustained development of the Afghan National Security Force and reviewing efforts to prevent insider attacks.

Insider attacks have been plaguing the US strategy in Afghanistan, have seen dozens of foreign troops killed, and hobbled the partnered operations they conducted with the Afghan side, as well as the training they provide for the Afghans.

IANS