A commander of the United States Central Command, General Frank McKenzie told the Voice of America news outlet on Monday that the US is not looking to support Afghan forces with airstrikes after full troop withdrawal. The American government will only engage in counterterrorism strikes if the Taliban’s plan of attack on the US or any of its allies has been discovered.
General McKenzie also shared that the forces in the Middle East have shrunk to 40,000 people from a nearly 80,000 mark of 18 months ago. He described the withdrawal from Afghanistan as a major event that has strained resources across the entire US transportation command.
However, the US will be helping Afghan air forces through a combination of virtual advising from afar and flying parts in and out of the country. The air support will be limited, compared to the previous experiences, but will remain the country’s biggest advantage against the Taliban.