Afghanistan has seen a rise in violence on the ground as fighting intensified between government forces and terror group Taliban. According to Afghan officials, the security situation has become critical across the country.
The U.S. said it will continue to support Afghan forces by carrying out airstrikes as the Taliban continues its ongoing attacks. U.S. Central Command Chief General Mark McKenzie Jr. made the statement of support during a press conference Sunday.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Taliban has put pressure on key cities in Afghanistan and has strategic momentum in its efforts to retake the country amid a U.S. troop withdrawal.
Joe Biden’s State Department is struggling to explain the relocation of Afghan interpreters and allies to other countries. During a press briefing Wednesday, department officials faced criticism for not doing enough to protect those who were helping U.S. troops.