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As Taliban runs riot in Afghanistan, new commander of withdrawing US & NATO troops vows to help ‘deserted’ Afghan forces

As Taliban runs riot in Afghanistan, new commander of withdrawing US & NATO troops vows to support ‘abandoned’ Afghan forces

The commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan has stepped down, and his Florida-based successor is pledging to help native allies – even because the withdrawal of Western troops sees the Taliban overrunning Afghan fighters.

US Military Normal Austin ‘Scott’ Miller formally handed off his function as commander in a ceremony on Monday in Kabul, calling his practically three-year stint the “spotlight of my army profession.” That evaluation would possibly ring hole to the Afghan individuals, who proceed to endure huge civilian casualties, brought on by each the Taliban and pro-government forces and greater than twenty years of combating.

Miller, the longest-serving US commander for the reason that battle started in 2001, added that “the individuals of Afghanistan might be in my coronary heart and on my thoughts for the remainder of my life” and that “our job now’s to not neglect” those that sacrificed.

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With the US troop withdrawal scheduled to be accomplished by the top of August, Miller’s function might be crammed from afar, by Central Command chief and Marine Normal Frank McKenzie in Tampa, Florida. He informed Afghan forces they may “depend on our help within the harmful and troublesome days forward.”

It is not clear what kind that help would possibly take. US forces earlier this month left the Bagram Airfield, previously the epicenter of Washington’s battle effort in Afghanistan, with out even notifying the bottom’s Afghan commander. The Taliban has already retaken giant swaths of territory, together with border crossings with Iran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Since President Joe Biden introduced the US exit in April – extending a Might withdrawal date set below Donald Trump – surrendering Afghan troops have reportedly been massacred in some circumstances. Afghan particular forces have been left to be overrun and killed by militants final month within the northern city of Dawlat Abad, once they have been surrounded and native reinforcements declined to return to their rescue. In one other case, greater than 1,000 Afghan troopers fled into Tajikistan to flee a Taliban assault.

The safety scenario in Afghanistan has deteriorated to the purpose that Russian diplomats and consular workers within the border metropolis of Hairatan have withdrawn to Uzbekistan till combating within the space dies down. On Sunday, India stated its diplomats in Kandahar had additionally been evacuated because of “intense combating” within the space.

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Afghanistan’s commanding Military basic, Sami Sadat, stated on Monday in an NPR interview that Afghans really feel deserted by the US. Requested why Afghan troops are surrendering in some circumstances and not using a combat, he stated, “There’s a sense of abandonment amongst the Afghans from when the US left.”

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