US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter (left) listens to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday. Photo: AFP

Washington signals a probable delay in troop withdrawals from Afghanistan

The US aims to safeguard hard-won progress by extending the withdrawal period for its troops as President Ashraf Ghani pursues peace talks with Taliban insurgents

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US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter (left) listens to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Friday. Photo: AFP
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