Pentagon chief Jim Mattis makes unannounced Afghan visit: US official

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit Monday, an American defence official confirmed, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack.

AFP| Updated: Apr 24, 2017, 14:01 PM IST

Kabul: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit Monday, an American defence official confirmed, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban attack.

Mattis, making his first visit to Afghanistan as defence chief, was due to meet top officials including President Ashraf Ghani less than two weeks after the US dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State hideouts in the country`s east.