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Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Monday just hours after his Afghan counterpart, Abdullah Habibi, resigned after a fatal Taliban attack on the military, per Yahoo News.

The attack left more than 100 soldiers killed or wounded, and signals the Taliban's growing strength in the area. Afghans blasted the government for not doing more to defend its forces, but Habibi argued in a press conference Monday that "nobody in the world has been able to prevent such attacks."

Next steps: Mattis, who previously served with the U.S. military in Afghanistan, said he is compiling an assessment for Trump on the conflict. He is the second senior U.S. security official to visit Afghanistan this month — National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster traveled to Kabul in the days after the U.S. dropped a MOAB on ISIS hideouts in the area.

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Amy Coney Barrett: "Should I be confirmed, I will be mindful of who came before me"

Trump introduces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo: Olivier Douleiry/Getty Images

In speaking after President Trump announced her as the Supreme Court nominee to replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett said on Saturday she will be "mindful" of those who came before her on the court if confirmed.

What she's saying: Barrett touched on Ginsburg's legacy, as well as her own judicial philosophy and family values. "I love the United States and I love the United States Constitution," she said. "I'm truly humbled at the prospect of serving on the  Supreme Court."

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What they're saying: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden of the White House on Sept. 26. Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic and Republican lawmakers along with other leading political figures reacted to President Trump's Saturday afternoon nomination of federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

What they're saying: "President Trump could not have made a better decision," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."

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