(Kabul) – US Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit. Kerry is due to with President Hamid Karzai. “He will make clear that the US will have an enduring commitment in Afghanistan that will last beyond transition and that there will always be bumps on the road,” a US official travelling with Kerry told. More than 11 years after the Taliban were ousted from power, international forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan and handing responsibility for fighting the Islamic insurgents to poorly-trained local police and army.
As the transition gathers pace, the United States and Afghanistan are also negotiating a strategic pact that will determine the US presence in the country after the end of international combat operations next year.