On Sunday, the head of US military operations in Afghanistan warned that the United States would continue its airstrikes in support of Afghan forces if the Taliban continued its offensive since early May.
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“The United States has stepped up its airstrikes in support of Afghan forces in recent days, and we are prepared to continue that high-level support in the coming days if the Taliban continue their attacks,” said General Kenneth McKenzie. Command. U.S. Army (Centcom).
The Taliban have seized large parts of rural Afghanistan during an offensive over the past three months, with the start of the final withdrawal of international forces, now almost over.
Afghan forces have provided little resistance and basically control only provincial capitals and major roads.
“I want to be clear, the Afghan government will be tested in the coming days. The Taliban are trying to make their campaign irreversible. They are doing something wrong,” General McKenzie said.
McKenzie has led military operations in Afghanistan since July 12, ending General Austin Scott Miller’s command of Sentcom, which oversees U.S. military operations in 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia.
The Taliban’s latest lightning strike has raised fears that they will return to power nearly 20 years after being ousted by a US-led international coalition over its refusal to extradite al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.
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