The visit is Mattis’ fourth time in the country since becoming Defense secretary, and it’s part of a larger trip including stops in San Diego and India.
Mattis’ visit to Afghanistan comes amid recent attacks.
A U.S. service member was killed and another wounded Monday in “an apparent insider attack” in eastern Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Resolute Support, the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan. On Wednesday, 20 people were killed in twin bomb attacks in Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Currently there are approximately 14,000 Americans in Afghanistan.
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