The United States continues to carry out airstrikes to support Afghan forces under attack from the Taliban.
Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., who leads US Central Command and controls the US forces in Afghanistan, has not stated whether US forces continue airstrikes after the end of their military mission on August 31. This comes after President Joe Biden announced in April that US troops will be withdrawing from Afghanistan in September.
McKenzie stated a Taliban victory was not inevitable and a political solution still remained a possibility. The Afghan government and Taliban negotiators have met in Doha, Qatar but there have been little signs of substantive process to peace. Afghanistan is changing its war strategy against the Taliban forces to move to critical areas like Kabul and other urban areas such as border crossings and infrastructure.
McKenzie also stated there is likely to be a rise in violence after lull over Eid Al Adha this week and the Taliban could focus more on populated urban centers (arynews.tv). In regards to this occurring, McKenzie states “I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that they are going to be able to capture these urban areas.”
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