Pentagon considering airstrikes to support Afghan security forces

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Members of the Afghan security forces stand at the site of an attack, in Kabul on December 20, 2020.(ZAKERIA HASHIMI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:06 PM PT – Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Department of Defense is discussing how to respond should terror groups in Afghanistan take advantage of the U.S. troop withdrawal. The Biden administration has pledged to bring all U.S. troops home by Sept. 11.

However, the Pentagon is reportedly looking to receive emergency authorization to carry out airstrikes in Kabul or other cities in Afghanistan if U.S. allies are threatened by the Taliban. Officials said this would entail drones or warplanes taking action if U.S. citizens or embassies are put at risk. Although, anything beyond would require Joe Biden’s approval.

Biden’s withdrawal comes as the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks approaches. He said, “we were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is degraded in Afghanistan and it’s time to end the forever war.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan security forces and residents stand near the crater left by a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. - At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded May 31 when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital and shattering windows hundreds of metres away. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Afghan security forces and residents stand near the crater left by a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) weighed in on the retrieval saying he believes it would be a “grave mistake” and a “gift” to U.S. enemies to remove all U.S. troops from the area.

Critics are concerned over the rise in violence amid clashes between the Afghan military and the Taliban since Biden’s military withdrawal announcement. However, military leaders in on the talks announced they have yet to reach a final decision.

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