House speaker Pelosi makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Pelosi, who traveled to Afghanistan after a stop in Jordan on Saturday (October 19), met Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, President Ashraf Ghani and civil society leaders, including Afghan women.

The lawmakers' trip to the Middle East and South Asia occurred amid questions about the United States' commitment to its allies after President Donald Trump's sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria over his long-time desire to unwind from foreign military engagements. Pelosi's relations with Trump are at a low point as she leads an impeachment inquiry against him.

Trump last month broke off negotiations with Afghan Taliban militants aimed at ending the United States' longest war, a move that critics say highlighted a confused U.S. approach to Afghanistan.