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A Us General Promises That Airstrikes Would Continue To Support Afghan Troops Fighting The Taliban

CNN – US Politics By Samantha Beech, CNN The United States will continue to back Afghan forces fighting the Taliban with airstrikes, according to a top US general.
In recent months, violence has risen across the country after the Taliban launched a massive offensive only days after US-led foreign forces began their final pullout.
In an interview with reporters in Kabul on Sunday, Gen.
“The United States has escalated airstrikes in support of Afghan forces over the last several days,” said Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the US Army Central Command, “and we are prepared to continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks if the Taliban continue their attacks.” McKenzie admitted the Afghan government will face difficult days ahead.
“The Taliban are seeking to instill a sense of impending doom in their campaign.”
“Those are incorrect,” he stated.
“A Taliban triumph is not a foregone conclusion,” he said, adding that the US military will continue to provide logistical support to the Afghan Air Force when its foreign soldiers leave on August 31.
“We will continue to support Afghan forces even after August 31,” McKenzie stated, “but it will mainly be from afar.”
Several defense officials stated the American military carried out two attacks against Taliban targets in Kandahar province on Thursday in support of Afghan forces.
According to one defense official, three of the US’s previous four strikes targeted captured equipment.
This included US weapons sent to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, which the Taliban later took over as it advanced across the nation.
The airstrikes coincide with a stepped-up Taliban assault for land, as well as a renewed diplomatic effort for a negotiated end to the war.
“The Islamic Emirate condemns these barbaric attacks in the harshest terms,” a Taliban spokesperson said on Friday, referring to American bombings in Kandahar and Helmand districts as “barbaric attacks” that “would have consequences.” McKenzie pledged to support the Afghan Air Force in the future, and said the US Air Force will retain the ability to “strike into Afghanistan.”
McKenzie said that in the coming “days and weeks,” it will be obvious whether the Afghan government will be able to defend the country against the Taliban.
“I don’t think it’ll be an easy road,” he continued.
“But, I do not buy the narrative that a civil war is inevitable.” Fighting continued on the outskirts of Kandahar on Sunday.
According to AFP, McKenzie revealed that the US Air Force had recently carried out attacks in the province.
Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city after Kabul, has a population of 650,000 people.
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