Blinken makes surprise Afghanistan trip to sell troop withdrawal plans

One day after President Joe Biden’s announcement to withdraw all U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a surprise visit to the country to sell Afghan leaders on the plan to conclude the United States’s longest-running war later this year.

Blinken attended a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday after the decision was announced to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reported.

“I wanted to demonstrate with my visit the ongoing commitment of the United States to the Islamic Republic and the people of Afghanistan,” Blinken told Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul. “The
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