Marking a symbolic end to the 20-year-old war between the United States and Afghanistan, the top US Gen. Scott Miller in Afghanistan stepped down from his position at a ceremony in the capital Kabul. After the United States military withdrawal, the Taliban insurgents continue to gain more territory which will topple the central government in Afghanistan.
General Scott Miller has served as America’s top commander in Afghanistan since 2018 for nearly three years. The ceremony was held at the U.S. military’s headquarters inside Kabul’s heavily fortified Green Zone. He handed over command to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command. McKenzie is a four-star general, he will assume authority to conduct possible airstrikes in defense of Afghan government forces, at least until the U.S. military withdrawal by August 31.
Remembering the sacrifices of American military troops, General Miller said, “it will be important to know that someone remembers, that someone cares and that we’re able to talk about it in the future.”
According to U. S officials, Miller will meet the United State’s president Joe Biden and Pentagon leader in Washington.
Joe Biden last week said that the withdrawal of American troops will formally come to an end on August 31, 2021. The United States military mission in Afghanistan is the result of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Taliban faction is expanding its territorial expansion over the country.
Miller is the longest-serving Senior United States officer. He was serving when Trump was the president. The Trump administration set the stage for the withdrawal of the US military. The period of twenty years is a pretty long time for stabilizing any conflict-ridden country, but no solution could be found in Afghanistan.
Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, will assume Miller’s responsibilities. He is expected to supervise the remaining security mission. McKenzie assured that the United States would continue to provide financial relief and technical assistance to Afghanistan. He said, “We will be with you,” extending the United States’ support to Afghanistan in a dangerous and difficult situation.