US Regime Begins Shifting Afghan Combat Operations Outside Country

Source: US News & World Report

“The U.S. military has already begun conducting combat operations and surveillance in Afghanistan from outside the country’s borders, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told Congress on Thursday, as the troop withdrawal continues. But Austin declined to specifically address whether the U.S. will provide combat air support to the Afghan forces to prevent them or their major cities from being overrun by the Taliban after the pullout is complete. Austin said he would not ‘speculate on potential actions’ but noted that once troops are fully withdrawn from Afghanistan it will be very difficult to provide such support to the Afghans. … Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that already the ‘vast majority’ of MQ-9 Reaper drone missions are being flown from locations outside Afghanistan.” (06/10/21)