U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he sees 2017 as ''another tough year for the valiant Afghan security forces and the international troops.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday (April 24) that the U.S. sees 2017 as "another tough year" in the fight against the Taliban and Islamic State for Afghan and international forces. He made the comments as Washington looks to craft a new strategy for Afghanistan. Mattis was expected to meet Afghan officials and U.S. commanders who are pushing for more troops. But his arrival in Kabul came amid the fall-out from Friday's Taliban assault on a base in the north of the country in which more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed. The attack underlines the scale of the challenge facing the Western-backed government and its international partners more than 15 years after the United States invaded the country.