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US defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather

Reuters

President Donald Trump's defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, but added he was reviewing next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top U.S. commander.

"We're putting our thoughts together now," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters in Abu Dhabi, adding he spoke for several hours on Sunday via video-conference with General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.

Mattis said he spoke with Ghani "at length" before leaving Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Mark Potter)

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