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Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan meets Afghan president in Kabul

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Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan meets Afghan president in KabulActing Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Monday, where he met with President Ashraf Ghani as the United States leads a push for peace talks with the Taliban. The visit comes after Washington held major talks with Taliban officials in Qatar last month that negotiators hope could herald a breakthrough in the grinding 17-year conflict. US President Donald Trump is pushing to end US involvement in Afghanistan, where 14,000 American troops are still deployed — raising Afghan fears that Washington could exit before securing a lasting peace between the Taliban and the Kabul government.