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Jim Mattis says he's 'satisfied' with new Afghanistan war policy, but won't reveal its contents

Amman: US secretary of defence Jim Mattis says he is satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy. But he won't discuss what's in it.

File image of Donald Trump with James Mattis. Reuters

File image of Donald Trump with James Mattis. Reuters

In remarks to reporters traveling with him to the Middle East, Mattis said he would not talk about the new policy until it is disclosed by President Donald Trump.

But he said the deliberations, including talks at the Camp David presidential retreat on Friday, were done properly. He called the process rigorous and inclusive.

Months ago, Trump gave Mattis the authority to set US troop levels in Afghanistan, but Mattis said he has not yet sent significant additional numbers. He has said he would wait for Trump to set the strategic direction first.

The White House released a statement on Friday afternoon saying Trump had been briefed by his national security team on "a new strategy to protect America's interests in South Asia", indicating that no decision had yet been reached.

"The president is studying and considering his options and will make an announcement to the American people, to our allies and partners, and to the world at the appropriate time," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.


Updated Date: Aug 20, 2017 17:25 PM

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