Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021

In Symbolic End to War, US General Departs Afghanistan

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KABUL —The U.S. general leading the war in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, relinquished command at a ceremony on Monday and quietly left the country, a symbolic end to America’s longest conflict while Taliban terrorists gain momentum. Miller, America’s last four-star commander to serve on the ground in Afghanistan, climbed aboard a helicopter and lifted off from the military base in Kabul that long had been the nerve center for the two-decade-old war effort. President Joe Biden has set a formal end to the U.S. military mission for Aug. 31 as he looks to disengage from a conflict triggered by al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. About 2,400 U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan and many thousands have been wounded. Addressing a small group of U.S. and Afghan officials, Miller vowed to remember lives lost in the fighting and called on the Taliban to …

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