US sends extra resources for Afghan withdrawal

US sends reinforcements for Afghan withdrawal
The US and Nato have had a presence in Afghanistan for almost 20 years. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The US has deployed extra military resources to protect American and coalition troops withdrawing from Afghanistan.

Fighter jets and heavy bombers will be deployed to safeguard civilian contractors and troops.

The United States and Nato have had a presence in Afghanistan for almost 20 years.

President Joe Biden of the US has set the withdrawal deadline for 11 September – the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that sparked the war.

But the withdrawal of forces comes amid escalating violence, with Afghan security forces on high alert for reprisal attacks.

The Afghan Taliban have warned they are no longer bound by an agreement not to target international soldiers.

Under a deal signed last year between the then-President Donald Trump and the militia group, foreign forces were to have left by 1 May while the Taliban held off attacking international troops.

Extra resources, including six 12 F-18 fighters and B-52 long range bombers have been deployed to protect the departing contingents of 2,500 US soldiers and 16,000 civilian contractors, said Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Milley added that while Taliban insurgents were launching between 80 and 120 attacks every day against many government targets in Afghanistan, there had been no attacks against US and coalition forces since the withdrawal began on 1 May.

Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters: “Less than one week in, the drawdown is going according to plan.”

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