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US airstrike in Kabul causes casualties as Mattis, NATO chief visit

John Hannah
27th September 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

An American airstrike on insurgents in Kabul Wednesday caused "several casualties" after a missile "malfunctioned", NATO said, overshadowing a high-profile visit by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.

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But Afghanistan expert John Hannah of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies said the Afghan forces are now at adequate troop levels and have plenty of combat experience, boosting their chances of success.

We "may be getting to a point where after many more years of investment we've got an institutional (security force) capable of holding its own in most of the country against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and eventually grinding down the enemy and winding down the war," Hannah told AFP.

"That, to my mind, is our main ticket out."

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afghanistan, al-qaeda, sunni-jihadism, taliban