Germany's defense minister is in Afghanistan for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the top NATO commander, U.S. General Stanley McChrystal.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg arrived in Kabul Thursday on a previously unannounced visit, during which he will also meet his Afghan counterpart Abdul Rahim Wardak.
|German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg arrives in Kabul aboard military plane, 12 Nov 2009|
Germany has contributed more than 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, with most serving in the country's north.
In a separate development, the U.S. military says Afghan and international security forces killed several militants Thursday in Ghazni province.
A military statement says the troops also detained a group of militants during the operation, including a sought-after Taliban commander who was in charge of up to 50 fighters.
And, Afghan officials have announced that President Hamid Karzai will be sworn in for a second term on November 19. Mr. Karzai was assured of re-election to a second five-year term after his challenger, former Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew earlier this month from an expected second-round ballot. The first ballot in August was tainted by fraud.