Washington, Jul 15 (PTI): The commander of US forces in Afghanistan Gen Scott Miller returned from the nation virtually winding up the longest American struggle, at the same time as Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin assured that America’s Afghan mission just isn’t but over and that it could proceed to assist Kabul.
“Scott and his staff are home now, and we are grateful for their safe return. But our mission in Afghanistan is not over. The drawdown continues and will be complete by the end of August,” Austin mentioned hours after he welcomed Miller on the Pentagon on his return from Kabul after three years of his posting there.
The Division of Protection, he mentioned, stays dedicated to defending its diplomatic presence within the nation, persevering with to offer funding to the Afghan Nationwide Protection and Safety Forces and advising Afghan safety ministries, and stopping the re-emergence of violent extremist organisations.
“We will also be working closely with the State Department to help relocate those Afghans and their families who have been of such service to our mission. We take seriously our obligation to them, and we honour their contributions,” Austin said.
US troops at the direction of President Joe Biden have all but returned from Afghanistan. Biden has asked that all the US troops need to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11. The Pentagon is likely to meet the goal weeks before that.
“As we now have over the past 20 years, so should we proceed to honour the service and sacrifice of those that have carried out so bravely within the subject. They and their households have struggled and sacrificed on our behalf. In some ways they nonetheless do. However additionally they have a lot for which to be proud,” he mentioned.
“That we now have not been attacked from Afghanistan since 11th of September, that the Afghan authorities now has the chance to advance the progress which has been made of their nation, and that the Afghan forces now have of their possession the capabilities, the benefits they should defend their folks — all stand as testomony to the ability, professionalism and braveness of our troops and people of our allies,” Austin mentioned. PTI LKJ SMN SMN
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