Pentagon chief arrives in Afghanistan on unannounced visit

James Mattis

The Minister of defence of the USA James Mattis arrived in Afghanistan with an unannounced visit. On Monday, April 24, according to Reuters.

The Pentagon plans to hold talks with officials and representatives of the American command.

According to the Agency, the Mattis’s visit coincided with the resignation of the defense Minister of Afghanistan Abdullah Khan Habibi and chief of staff of the army of Kadam Shah Sahima. On April 24 they decided to leave their posts after a Taliban attack on a military base.

On Friday, April 21, dressed in Afghan military uniforms, the militants of the radical movement “Taliban” (banned in Russia) broke into the army base near the city of Mazar-I-Sharif. First, a suicide bomber activated an explosive device at the gate, then the extremists rode into the territory of the two pickups.

According to the representative of the U.S. Central command John Thomas, the purpose of the attack was the mosque and dining room, where Afghan soldiers and probably civilians working on the base. Killing at least 140 people.