US general vows to continue airstrikes supporting Afghan troops fighting Taliban

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Speaking to reporters Sunday in Kabul, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Central Command, said, “The United States has increased airstrikes in the support of Afghan forces over the last several days, and we are prepared to continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks if the Taliban continue their attacks.”

McKenzie acknowledged the Afghan government will face tough days ahead.

“The Taliban are attempting to create a sense of inevitability about their campaign. They are wrong,” he said. “Taliban victory is not inevitable,” he said, adding that the US military will continue giving logistical support to the Afghan Air Force even after its foreign forces are expected to leave the country on August 31.”We will continue to support the Afghan forces even after that August 31 date, it will generally be from over the horizon,” McKenzie said.