U.S. launched overnight airstrikes on the Taliban to support Afghan forces
U.S. Marines from Charlie 1/1 of the fifteenth MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) fill sandbags round their mild mortar place on the frontlines of a U.S. Marine Corps base, close to a cardboard signal reminding everybody that Taliban forces could possibly be anyplace and in every single place, in southern Afghanistan December 1, 2001.
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WASHINGTON – The United States launched overnight airstrikes in opposition to the Taliban in Afghanistan, a transfer that displays Washington’s intentions to proceed supporting Afghan forces with fight plane till U.S. forces withdraw subsequent month.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Thursday wouldn’t present additional particulars about the strikes, together with what sort of plane was used.
The strikes are the first identified since Army Gen. Scott Miller, America’s final four-star commander to serve on the floor in Afghanistan, stepped down from his position and returned to the United States.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, left, and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley greet General Austin S. Miller, the former prime U.S. commander in Afghanistan, upon his return, at Andrews Air Force Base, U.S. July 14, 2021.
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In April, Biden ordered the full withdrawal of roughly 3,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, successfully ending America’s longest warfare. Last week, Biden gave an up to date timeline and stated that the U.S. navy mission in Afghanistan will finish by Aug. 31.
“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation-build,” Biden has stated. “It’s up to the Afghans to make decisions about the future of their country.”
At the Pentagon on Wednesday, the nation’s highest navy officer advised reporters that the U.S. has accomplished greater than 95% of the herculean process of withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“The sheer volume of movement involved in this operation has been extraordinary,” stated Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, including that the U.S. carried out greater than 980 airlifts of cargo in lower than three months.
“Furthermore, all the military operating bases, outside of Kabul, have been fully transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Defense and the Afghan security forces.”
Last week, the White House introduced it can start evacuation flights this month for Afghan nationals and their households who assisted U.S. and NATO coalition forces throughout America’s longest warfare.