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Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrives in Afghanistan

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrives in AfghanistanActing Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit Monday as the United States leads a push for peace talks with the Taliban. Shanahan will meet President Ashraf Ghani, who has warned against rushing into a deal after Washington held major talks with Taliban officials in Qatar last month that negotiators hope could herald a breakthrough in the grinding 17-year conflict. US President Donald Trump is pushing to end US involvement in Afghanistan, where 14,000 American troops are still deployed, raising Afghan fears that Washington could exit before securing a lasting peace between the Taliban and the Kabul government.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinet

For Shanahan, a very public debut in Trump's cabinetShanahan, a former Boeing executive, sat silently at Trump’s side, often expressionless, as television cameras rolled. Trump suggested that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis – who abruptly resigned last month over policy differences with Trump – had been essentially fired and that Mattis had failed in Afghanistan, where Taliban insurgents are becoming increasingly confident of ending the 17-year-old war on terms favorable to them. “I’m not happy with what he’s done in Afghanistan and I shouldn’t be happy,” Trump said.



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After Mattis, Shanahan takes Pentagon helm at critical time

After Mattis, Shanahan takes Pentagon helm at critical timePatrick Shanahan, who on Tuesday becomes the acting US secretary of defense, takes the helm of America’s massive military machine at a critical time. Shanahan is moving up from his position as deputy defense secretary to the top spot following the resignation of Jim Mattis, who quit over long-running — and ultimately irreconcilable — disagreements with President Donald Trump. Little known outside business and Washington circles, Shanahan will be thrust onto the world stage at a time of tumultuous changes and unpredictable foreign policy moves under Trump.



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Five things to know about new acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan

Five things to know about new acting Secretary of Defense Patrick ShanahanIncoming acting defense secretary has no prior military experience, is liked by the president and is a longtime Boeing exec, which makes him an unusual pick.



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Who is Patrick Shanahan? Trump's acting replacement for Mattis came to the Pentagon after decades with defense contractor Boeing

Who is Patrick Shanahan? Trump's acting replacement for Mattis came to the Pentagon after decades with defense contractor BoeingPresident Trump’s choice to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has spent more than 30 years working for Boeing, a major defense contractor.



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President Trump orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to leave immediately, names Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary

President Trump orders Defense Secretary James Mattis to leave immediately, names Patrick Shanahan as acting secretaryPresident Donald Trump had Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leave Jan. 1 in policy disputes rather than Feb. 28



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Trump to replace defense head Mattis Jan 1 with deputy Shanahan

Trump to replace defense head Mattis Jan 1 with deputy ShanahanDonald Trump on Sunday announced he would replace Defense Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan, days after the outgoing Pentagon chief quit while citing key policy differences with the US president, notably on Syria. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019,” the Republican leader tweeted, accelerating Mattis’ planned departure by two months. “Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing.



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