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>> US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, making an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Friday amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban insurgency. Carter meeting with US troops and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani. Saying in a news conference that quote, America is and will remain committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan.
>> We stand with the people of Afghanistan, who have put themselves at risk and sacrificed so much to bring this country to this point of promise.>> Trump has given scant foreign policy details, with surprisingly few specifics on Afghanistan, where nearly 10,000 US troops remain more than 15 years after the Taliban were toppled by US backed Afghan forces.
One of the most important questions facing Trump is how many of those troops will stay. Earlier this year President Obama shelved plans to cut the numbers in half by year's end, acknowledging that security remained precarious, and that Taliban forces had gained some ground. Meanwhile, sources tell Reuters that Trump receives an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week.
Far fewer than most of his recent predecessors, who have generally welcomed the opportunity to receive the president's daily classified briefing.