WASHINGTON — The U.S. navy this week has launched further airstrikes in assist of Afghan authorities forces of their combat in opposition to the Taliban, utilizing each standard warplanes and armed drones, the Pentagon mentioned Tuesday.
The strikes, following a number of carried out final week, point out stepped up U.S. assist after weeks of battlefield good points by the Taliban as U.S. troops full their withdrawal. The plane are being flown from bases outdoors of Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. navy has pulled all of its fight planes overseas.
“Numerous strikes have occurred over the past a number of days from each manned and unmanned strike platforms,” Maj. Robert Lodewick, a Pentagon spokesman, mentioned. He didn’t present additional particulars.
Different officers had mentioned final week’s airstrikes focused Taliban positions in fight in addition to navy tools that had been captured by the Taliban.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top of U.S. Central Command, who’s overseeing the U.S. navy withdrawal and making choices on air assist for Afghan troops, mentioned on Sunday that airstrikes had been rising.
“We’re ready to proceed this heightened stage of assist within the coming weeks if the Taliban proceed their assaults,” McKenzie mentioned.
McKenzie additionally mentioned the U.S. was offering “contract logistics assist each right here in Kabul and over-the-horizon within the area, funding for them, intelligence sharing, and advising and helping via safety consultations on the strategic stage.”
Central Command says the U.S. troop withdrawal is greater than 95% full. It’s to be completed by Aug. 31. Whether or not the U.S. will proceed to supply airstrikes in assist of Afghan authorities forces after that date is but to be decided.
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