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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 - 15:27
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta in surprise Afghan visit
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US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has arrived in Afghanistan on a previously unannounced visit.

Officials say the trip was planned before 16 Afghan civilians were shot dead by an American soldier on Sunday.

Panetta is due to have talks with President Hamid Karzai, provincial leaders and senior officials.

Correspondents say his visit has taken on a new meaning as political pressure mounts on Afghan and US officials over the unpopular war.

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