Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Afghan leadership needed to somehow cut the Taliban’s momentum if they wanted to retake the country. Speaking from an Alaskan Air Force base on Saturday, Austin said Afghan leadership has been consolidating their forces around the country’s key population centers.
A growing number of Afghan citizens have begun fleeing to Turkey in order to escape Taliban violence amid the American troop withdrawal.
A top military expert has said the security situation in Afghanistan has rapidly worsened amid a pullout of U.S. troops. Retired Gen. David Petraeus said on Sunday, Afghan security forces have suffered a drop in morale amid the U.S. pullout.