- publish: 9 April 2016
- time: 2:43 pm
- category: Politics
- No: 3741
After Iraq, US secretary of state enters Afghanistan unannounced
Having just visited Iraq, it is his second unannounced trip in two days to a country the U.S. hasn’t stabilized despite years of military efforts and economic support.
Kerry’s schedule Saturday includes meetings with Afghanistan’s top leaders: President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.
The challenges in Afghanistan mirror those in Iraq. The U.S. invaded both countries over a decade ago, hoping to install stable democracies. Neither has panned out.
Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency persists; Iraq is struggling with the Islamic State group.
And despite President Barack Obama’s pledges to end both wars, American troops can’t get out of either country.
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