US Afghanistan withdrawal: Top commander steps down

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The top US and Nato general in Afghanistan has formally transferred control as the US-led military mission fast approaches its end after 20 years. General Austin ‘Scott’ Miller stepped down on Monday, days after President Joe Biden said that US military operations would cease by 31 August. Other Nato countries, including the UK, have withdrawn nearly all military forces ahead of Mr Biden’s US deadline. It comes as Taliban militants seize more territory throughout Afghanistan. In a simple ceremony on Monday, Gen Miller handed over his duties to two US generals — one who will oversee US military action from Central Command headquarters in Florida, and one who will command the roughly 650 troops to remain after the official US withdrawal.” [editor’s note: Just as it was in Iraq, that is 650 too many, leaving a toe where no boot should have been at all! – SAT] (07/12/21)