The United States has carried out multiple airstrikes in cooperation with Afghan forces fighting Taliban militants. The Associated Press (AP) reported that the attacks took place this week. US Secretary of Defense John Kirby has admitted to carrying out the attack without elaborating.
The airstrikes came before US troops withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31. A U.S. defense official said U.S. forces carried out more than four airstrikes on Wednesday and Thursday. At least two of the attacks targeted military equipment snatched by the Taliban from Afghan forces.
“In the last few days, we have carried out co-operation airstrikes against the Afghan army,” Kirby said. But I am not going to go into the details of these attacks.
US General Mark Miley told a news conference at the Pentagon on Wednesday that the Taliban now control about half of Afghanistan’s 419 districts.
U.S. officials said Thursday that U.S. airstrikes hit the strategically important province of Kandahar.
The report said the airstrikes were a sign of the United States’ willingness to continue cooperating with Afghan forces from outside bases. At least until the US military withdraws completely. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.