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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News offers the following information published by TheHill.com:

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stopped in Afghanistan on Monday in a previously unannounced visit to meet with local officials amid ongoing peace negotiations with Taliban leaders.

The Associated Press reported that Shanahan said he’s encouraged by the latest push to bring an end to the lengthy war. He added that he was not in the country with orders to reduce U.S. troop presence.

The article goes on to state the following:

Shanahan reportedly met with Afghan military leaders, and was set to talk with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He stressed that Ghani’s government should have a central role in peace talks, though the Taliban has thus far refused to negotiate with the Afghan leader, the AP noted.

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