August 28, 2018 / 3:39 PM / a year ago

Mattis rebuffs idea of privatizing forces in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday rebuffed a proposal to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and replace them with private security forces.

“When the Americans put their nation’s credibility on the line, privatizing it is probably not a wise idea,” Mattis told reporters.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Writing by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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