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Mattis pins Afghan hopes on talks

Taliban reconciliation, not fighting, is path forward, he says

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U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives Tuesday in Kabul, Afghanistan. He said he believes victory in Afghanistan is a matter of dealing with Taliban members who are tired of fighting.

KABUL, Afghanistan -- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday that he believes victory in Afghanistan is still possible -- not necessarily on the battlefield but in facilitating a Taliban reconciliation with the Afghan government.

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