U.S. Marines from Charlie 1/1 of the fifteenth MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) fill sandbags round their gentle mortar place on the frontlines of a U.S. Marine Corps base, close to a cardboard signal reminding everybody that Taliban forces might be anyplace and in all places, in southern Afghanistan December 1, 2001.
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WASHINGTON – The US launched in a single day 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 concerning the strikes, together with what kind of plane was used.
The strikes are the primary recognized since Military Gen. Scott Miller, America’s final four-star commander to serve on the bottom in Afghanistan, stepped down from his function and returned to the US.
U.S. Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin, left, and Joint Chiefs of Workers Basic Mark Milley greet Basic Austin S. Miller, the previous prime U.S. commander in Afghanistan, upon his return, at Andrews Air Power Base, U.S. July 14, 2021.
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In April, President Joe Biden ordered the complete withdrawal of roughly 3,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, successfully ending America’s longest conflict. Final week, Biden gave an up to date timeline and mentioned that the U.S. navy mission in Afghanistan will finish by Aug. 31.
“We didn’t go to Afghanistan to nation construct,” Biden has mentioned. “It is as much as the Afghans to make selections about the way forward for their nation.”
On the Pentagon on Wednesday, the nation’s highest navy officer informed reporters that the U.S. has accomplished greater than 95% of the herculean activity of withdrawing from Afghanistan.
“The sheer quantity of motion concerned on this operation has been extraordinary,” mentioned Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Military Gen. Mark Milley, including that the U.S. performed greater than 980 airlifts of cargo in lower than three months.
“Moreover, all of the navy working bases, exterior of Kabul, have been totally transferred to the Afghan Ministry of Protection and the Afghan safety forces.”
Final week, the White Home introduced it’s going to start evacuation flights this month for Afghan nationals and their households who assisted U.S. and NATO coalition forces throughout America’s longest conflict.