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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (right), with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday. A rocket attack targeted Kabul's main airport on the same day. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis seems to be aiming to reassure U.S. allies while overseas. Ahead of an unannounced visit to Iraq, Mattis rejected President Trump's statements that the U.S. should have seized Iraqi oil after the invasion. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) walks with Vice Adm. Robert Harward (center), the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, and Col. Kelly Martin, the vice commander of 6th Air Mobility Wing, after landing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., in 2013. Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/DoD hide caption

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