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US to continue battling terror outfits in Afghanistan

Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) Manama Dialogue on Sunday, he stressed: “We must work together to combat terrorism…”

The defense secretary promised to battle Al-Qaeda-linked terrorism and sectarian hatred promoted by ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan.

He told the audience: “We’ll keep up our relentless focus on counterterrorism, even as we shift to an over-the-horizon concept in Afghanistan.”

A day earlier, he renewed the US commitment to security and stability in the Middle East and to expanding multilateral security cooperation to address shared threats.

Separately, Austin visited the US Fifth Fleet to meet service members forward-deployed to Bahrain and thanked them for their service, sacrifice and dedication.