Before landing, Mattis told reporters that the U.S. had picked up signs of readiness from some groups of Taliban insurgents to enter into possible peace talks with the government in Kabul.
"We've had some groups of Taliban - small groups - who have either started to come over or expressed an interest in talking", Mattis said.
Mattis said he's seen initial indications that there have been changes in Pakistan's behavior but that he wants to use the trip to find out more.
Speaking to reporters, Mattis says that victory is still possible, meaning a political settlement with the Taliban could be in the cards.
At the top of a meeting with Mattis on Tuesday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called the new strategy a "game-changer".
Last month, Ghani invited the Taliban to begin peace talks without preconditions.
Defense Secretary James Mattis is in Afghanistan Tuesday to discuss the military campaign there and "peeling off" some members of the Taliban to pursue a peace deal with the Afghan government.
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However, Mattis says a diplomatic solution must be between Kabul and the Taliban.
However, the insurgents, who seized a district center in western Afghanistan this week, have given no public sign of accepting Ghani's offer, instead issuing several statements suggesting they meant to keep fighting. "The victory will be a political reconciliation".
USA intelligence officials are predicting the war will remain stalemated as the traditionally most intensive fighting season begins this spring.
As part of an effort to bolster Afghan fighting strength, the U.S.in recent weeks sent an Army group of about 800 soldiers, accompanied by several hundred support troops, to advise the Afghans closer to the front lines.
"It's all working to achieve a political reconciliation, not a military victory", Gen Mattis said. USA is keeping almost 14,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, after 3,000 arrived to reinforce the existing troops.
Mattis said the goal was to convince the Taliban that they could not win, which would hopefully push them towards reconciliation.
"We assess the overall security picture will. modestly deteriorate in the coming year and Kabul will continue to bear the brunt of the Taliban-led insurgency", Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee on March 6.
On Feb. 28, 2018, Ghani offered to allow the Taliban to establish itself as a political party and said he would work to remove sanctions on the militant group, among other incentives, if it joined the government in peace negotiations. While he forecast that Afghan forces this year will continue to develop offensive combat power, he predicted the Taliban will "threaten Afghan stability, undermine public confidence by conducting intermittent high-profile attacks in urban areas", increase its influence in rural areas, and threaten district centers.
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