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July 23, 2021

US conducts airstrikes in Afghanistan to assist ANDSF

The latest airstrikes were reportedly carried out on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar.

The US has conducted airstrikes in Afghanistan to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which is fighting Taliban insurgents.

The airstrikes were confirmed by Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby in a press briefing. However, he declined to provide specific details of the operations.

Kirby told reporters: “Without speaking to specifics, I can say that in the last several days, we have acted through airstrikes to support the ANDSF but I won’t get into tactical details of those strikes.

“But we continue to be able to and we continue to, as the secretary said yesterday, conduct airstrikes in support of the ANDSF.”

According to a Reuters report, the latest airstrikes were carried out on the outskirts of the southern city of Kandahar.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid told the news agency that the raid killed three of their fighters and destroyed two vehicles.

In recent days, the Taliban has gained control over significant territory, forcing the Afghan military to revise its war strategy.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden confirmed that it will complete the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan by 31 August.

Around 650 US troops will continue to remain in the country to provide security for the US embassy.

Recently, the US also conducted its first airstrike in Somalia under US President Joe Biden’s administration.

According to the Pentagon, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted the strike against Al Qaeda-linked insurgent group al Shabaab militants.

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