Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanks U.S. troops during a visit to Washington, as President Obama considers slowing the withdrawal of American forces. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Words of gratitude for U.S. troops...as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani kicked off his Washington visit at the Pentagon. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFGHANISTAN PRESIDENT ASHRAF GHANI SAYING: "We do not now ask what the United States can do for us -- if I can play on President Kennedy -- we want to say what Afghanistan will do for itself and for the world. And that means we are going to put our house in order." But Ghani still hopes the U.S. will slow its planned troop withdrawal... ...after a record number of Afghan security forces and civilians died last year in fighting against the Taliban. There's also concern about the rise of Islamic State in Afghanistan, says Ghani, who later visited Camp David. He heads to the White House for talks with President Obama on Tuesday.