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US Air Force to continue providing air support to Afghan security forces; US General says upcoming days are going to be tough but Taliban’s victory is not inevitable

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In a surprising turn of events in Afghanistan’s military withdraw situation, US general Kenneth McKenzie has vowed to continue airstrikes supporting Afghan troops.

Also, Afghan security forces deal their hands against the insurgent group, the US Air Force has been giving them air support in their fight against the Taliban despite withdrawing the ground militarily.

Present situation

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Insurgents are on full-frontal assaults since May this year. And as the foreign military started withdrawing after the peace agreement between the Taliban and the US, the insurgent group captured parts of districts, border crossings and surrounded several provincial capitals through deadly assaults.

What McKenzie said

Kenneth McKenzie

General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command, told reporters in Kabul that, “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 however admitted to tough days in the future for the Afghan government but also insisted that the Taliban’s victory is not inevitable.

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Citizens claims of negligence by security forces

According to Lalai Dastageeri, deputy governor of Kandahar province, “the negligence of some security forces, especially the police, has made way for the Taliban to come that close.” Camps are being set up by local authorities for about 154,000 displaced citizens. Citizens are fearful for the days to come as they fear that the fighting will continue for many days.

What Taliban leaders say

Taliban leaders deny any responsibility for the abuses. However, their atrocities are evident from the killings, expulsions, and arbitrary detentions in their occupied areas. Such has been creating fear among the masses of Afghanistan of those darker days of the past.

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