James Mattis makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

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Sarah Zaman in “View 360” covered these topics: A day after attending the inaugural 2+2 talks in India, United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis on Friday made an unannounced visit to Kabul. Mattis, who is on his second visit to Afghanistan, is slated to meet with the new Commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan, Army General Scott Miller and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
 
The United States and India took a major step to expand defense ties Thursday, signing a deal that allows India to acquire high-end U.S. weaponry, including armed drones. The agreement was signed during a meeting in New Delhi among U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and their Indian counterparts. The U.S. earlier this year offered armed Guardian drones to India, but the sale could not go through until the agreement, known as COMCASA, was reached.
 
A war that seems to be ending could still witness its most deadly assault yet. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned on Twitter that “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province,” adding it would be “a grave humanitarian mistake” for Russia and Iran to “take part in this potential human tragedy.” “Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed,” he concluded. “Don’t let that happen!”