US Defense Secretary Makes Surprise Visit to Afghanistan
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made a surprise stop in Afghanistan Tuesday.
Carter was in the country to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, as well as U.S. commanders.
The visit comes days after an agreement with international leaders to support Afghanistan with 12,000 NATO troops.
NATO allies also agreed to provide more funding for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces through 2020.
In a press conference Tuesday with President Ghani, Carter discussed Afghanistan's economic and anti-corruption reforms. He said the government's progress on those reforms "is central" to the continued international support for the country.
Also on Tuesday, Carter said under new power, General Mick Nicholson, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, has greater freedom to strike at the Taliban.
Before the new changes, Nicholson and his forces could only intervene against the Taliban when Afghan government troops requested assistance.
More U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama announced last week that close to 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of his presidency in January 2017. That is more than the Obama administration had originally planned.
More than 2,000 of the remaining U.S. troops will support the U.S. counterterrorism mission. The mission will target al-Qaida as well as Islamic State fighters trying to take control in eastern Afghanistan.
1.meet with 偶然遇见；遭受
They will surely meet with due punishment.
2.press conference 记者发布会
He called a press conference.
3.the end of ...末尾
The rent is due at the end of each quarter.
4.close to 接近
The building is conveniently located close to public transportations．
1.Carter was in the country to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, as well as U.S. commanders.
as well as 和...一样；也
Boys as well as girls are taught cookery in school these days.
He composed mystery stories as well as love poems.
2.That is more than the Obama administration had originally planned.
originally planned 原计划
The conference was originally planned to open in March.
We originally planned on a one-week vacation, but we decided to make it two weeks instead.
周二，美国国防部长阿什·卡特（Ash Carter）突访阿富汗 。
卡特与阿富汗总统阿什拉夫·加尼（Ashraf Ghani）、行政长官阿卜杜拉·阿卜杜拉（Abdullah Abdullah）及美国指挥官举行了会晤 。
周二，卡特在与阿富汗总统加尼举行的记者会上讨论了阿富汗的经济和反腐败改革 。他表示，阿富汗政府的改革是国际支援该国的“核心动力” 。
同时奥巴马还在上周宣布，将在明年1月其总统任期结束前，在阿富汗保留约8400名美军士兵 。这远超奥巴马政府原先规划的时间 。
超2000多名留守美军将支援美国的反恐任务 。打击的目标为基地组织及试图控制阿富汗东部的“伊斯兰国”武装分子 。