Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday said Washington would not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan, in what many viewed as an attempt to calm European concerns . “There will be no unilateral troop reduction,” said Shanahan, who took over from former Defense Secretary James Mattis. “That was one of the messages in the meeting today. It will be coordinated. We work together.” Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump pledged to “finally end” US involvement in “endless wars,” including Afghanistan. In December, US media reported that Trump would significantly decrease the US deployment in Afghanistan. Since then, the US has joined in peace negotiations with the Taliban , which it ousted from power in 2011 for harboring 9/11 attacks architect Osama Bin Laden. Read more: Germany to extend Afghanistan military mission Modern Afghanistan – in the past Aspiring doctors This picture, taken in 1962, shows two female medicine students at the University of Kabul listening to their professor as they examine a plaster showing a human body part. At that time, women played an active role in Afghan society. They also had access to education and were able to take up work outside home. Modern Afghanistan – in the… Read full this story
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