Pentagon chief Carter arrives in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has arrived in Afghanistan to discuss security issues with President Ashraf Ghani and American commanders, in the wake of a decision by Washington and its NATO allies to keep thousands of foreign soldiers in the country.

Carter landed in Bagram air base outside Kabul on Tuesday and was scheduled to meet Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah later in the day.

Meeting with Army General John W. Nicholson who commands American forces in the country was also on the Pentagon chief’s agenda.

During last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, members of the US-led military alliance agreed to either slightly raise the number of their troops in Afghanistan or keep the current levels unchanged.

The UK, for instance, announced that it will bump up its current troop level of 450 soldiers to 500.

NATO leaders also agreed to provide around 352,000 Afghan security troops with up to $1 billion in annual funding over the next…

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