Afghan defense chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of 'another tough year'

Afghan defense chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of 'another tough year'By Idrees Ali and Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s defense minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was “under no illusions” about the problems facing the country. Mattis, visiting as the United States looks to craft a new Afghanistan strategy, held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, officials and U.S. commanders, who want more troops.



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