The red carpet gets a final cleaning before an Afghan military honor cordon welcomes U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul February 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security.Carter is Obama's fourth Pentagon chief.Carter said he chose Afghanistan as his first overseas destination "because this is where we still have 10,000 American troops and they come first in my mind, always".He said he will meet with Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, as well as Gen. Lloyd Austin, who as head of Central Command has overall responsibility for U.S. military operations in the greater Middle East. Campbell recently presented Obama with options that include slowing this year's troop drawdown and potentially keeping a key U.S. training site open longer than currently scheduled, without abandoning Obama's plan to have essentially all U.S. troops out of the country before he leaves office in January 2017 .
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