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Top US Commander In Afghanistan Relinquishes Post

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FILE - In this June 29, 2021 file photo, U.S. Army Gen. Scott Miller, the U.S.'s top general in Afghanistan, speaks to journalists at the Resolute Support headquarters, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Miller is to hand over his command at a ceremony in the capital of Kabul on Monday, July 12, 2021, as America winds down its 20-year military presence and Taliban insurgents continue to gain territory across the country. (AP Photo/Ahmad Seir, File)

(AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has relinquished his position at a ceremony in the capital of Kabul, taking the United States a step closer to ending a 20-year military presence that became known as its “forever war.”

The move Monday comes as Taliban insurgents continue to gain territory across the country. Gen. Scott Miller handed over command Monday to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command.

McKenzie, also a four-star general, will operate from Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Florida. McKenzie assumes authority to conduct possible airstrikes in defense of Afghan government forces, at least until the U.S. withdrawal concludes by Aug. 31.

 

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