Attack on checkpoint in western Afghanistan kills 9

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (top R) meets with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (C), US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass (2nd L), and US General Joseph Dunford (L) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on September 7, 2018. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Afghan leaders during an unannounced visit to Kabul on September 7, adding his weight to a flurry of diplomatic efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. / AFP / Thomas WATKINS





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