Gen. Austin Miller, the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, is stepping down on Monday — a symbolic end to America’s longest war that comes as the Taliban continues to gain territory in the absence of American troops.
Miller, who has been commanding the coalition since 2018, will relinquish his post during a ceremony at US military headquarters in Kabul.
President Biden announced last week that the military withdrawal will be completed by Aug. 31 — speeding up a timeline that initially put the completion of the pullout on Sept. 11.
Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of Central Command in Florida, arrived in Kabul earlier Monday to oversee the remaining drawdown and to provide support for the Afghan security forces.
”Admittedly, it’s going to be very different than it was in the past. I’m not going to minimize that,” McKenzie told reporters. “But we’re going to support them.”
McKenzie, a four-star general, said the Taliban is apparently seeking a