Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit amid US push for talks with the Taliban which are calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
US President Donald Trump had promised to pull out troops from Afghanistan but he unveiled a revamped Afghan strategy last August, which increased troop levels.
The Taliban say they will not enter talks unless US troops leave the country and have pledged to make Afghanistan “another graveyard” for foreign forces.
The militants have overtaken several districts in a spate of brazen attacks in recent months, including Ghazni which was briefly overtaken by the militants last month, jolting the government in Kabul because the central city is close enough to the capital.
Taliban’s five-year rule over at least three quarters of Afghanistan came to an end following the US invasion in October 2001 but the new strategy includes talks with the Taliban which they…