Afghanistan 0
9 September 2020

CENTCOM Commander Kenneth McKenzie assessed that “Iran does not wish us well in Afghanistan and I’m sure they would like to see us come to harm there as well… can I link them [Russia and Iran] to specific events, specific payments, a specific attack? Not really at this time. We continue to look at that”. Discussing the U.S.-Taliban agreement, McKenzie noted that “the Taliban has still not shown conclusively that they’re going to break with al-Qaeda… They have been very consistent on not attacking us and the coalition. However, they have continued to go after the Afghan security forces at a pretty high tempo”. McKenzie further confirmed that “we’re on a glide slope to be at 4,500” troops in October/November, and “we’re still going to be able to accomplish the core tasks that we want to accomplish”.

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