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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’, says top Trump official

WASHINGTON: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the United States would try “one more time” to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad’s alleged support for militant groups. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade. While officials have long questioned the role Pakistan has played in Afghanistan, the comments by Mattis are likely to cause concern in Islamabad and within the Pakistan military. “We need to try one…

Six rockets land near Kabul airport after Mattis arrives

KABUL: Six rockets landed near Kabul's international airport on Wednesday after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis flew to the Afghan capital for talks, an official said. The volley of missiles struck near the military section of the airport but there were no casualties or immediate claim of responsibility, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP. Police have cordoned off the area to find the exact location from which the rockets were fired, he said, adding that no flights were cancelled. The attack came…