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Just released: Photos from Pompeo’s surprise trip to Afghanistan

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (U.S. State Department)
July 10, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan this week.

He flew into Kabul and met with Resolute Support Commander Army Gen. John Nicholson, as well as U.S. troops stationed there. U.S. officials continue to make surprise, unannounced visits to Afghanistan given the security situation in the country.

Roughly 17 years after the U.S. military began fighting in Afghanistan, Pompeo visited to see what progress has been made, especially since President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for fighting there.

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Here are some photos of Pompeo’s visit with U.S. troops:

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (U.S. State Department)

Here is Pompeo holding a “Make America Great Again” tab:

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (U.S. State Department)

Pompeo addressing troops in Kabul:

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (U.S. State Department)

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo visits troops in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 9, 2018. (U.S. State Department)

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“Our South Asia strategy sends a clear message to Afghanistan’s people and its security services that we will support them as they fight to defend their country and people. It sends a clear message to the Taliban that they cannot wait us out,” Pompeo tweeted early Tuesday morning.

“We support the Government of Afghanistan and its security forces as they work to ensure safe, credible, and transparent elections this fall that reflect the will of the Afghan people,” he said.