U.S. Defense Chief Says He Sees Encouraging Signs In Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he sees encouraging signs for substantive talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban after 17 years of war. Mattis, speaking on June 24, pointed to the Taliban's acceptance of a three-day cease-fire offered recently by President Ashraf Ghani. Government forces and the Taliban suspended fighting for three days late last week to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The government then extended the cease-fire, but the Taliban refused to reciprocate and instead began ramping up attacks on June 17...............

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