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The commander of the US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said on Tuesday that the US forces have completed about half of the process of withdrawing from Afghanistan and that they will be able, by next September, to complete the entire process, according to Al-Hurra correspondent.

The commander of the US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said on Tuesday that the US forces have completed about half of the process of withdrawing from Afghanistan and that they will be able, by next September, to complete the entire process, according to Al-Hurra correspondent.

McKenzie added in a telephone briefing that the United States will continue to support Afghan forces and will continue counterterrorism operations from outside Afghanistan.

The US military commander indicated that Washington will maintain a diplomatic representation through a US embassy in Kabul, stressing that the responsibility for protecting this embassy will fall on the government of the host country, although the United States will take all measures to protect its diplomats in Afghanistan and around the world.

On another topic, McKenzie said that Iran remains the most prominent threat to the stability of the Middle East, and that the US presence in the region has deterred Iran’s behavior and prevented it from persisting in its malign activities.

On Iraq, he stressed that the American forces are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government, and praised the role of the Iraqi forces and the development of their combat capabilities, and expressed concern that some armed groups would resort to using small drones in attacks against military bases in Iraq in order to pressure the American forces and get them out Iraq. McKenzie added that his forces will take the necessary measures to defend themselves.

On Syria, he said that the main goal of the American presence there is to fight ISIS, which is still able to influence the spread of violence, stressing that the American forces do not conduct combat operations in Syria, but rather provide support to the “Syrian Democratic Forces.”

On the war in Yemen, the American general said he was convinced of Saudi Arabia’s desire to end the conflict there, but he questioned the Houthis’ desire, saying: “I don’t think the Houthis are ready to seize the moment even though they have a chance to engage in negotiations.”

The commander of the US Central Command met the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Aviz Kohavi, in Florida, where they discussed ongoing efforts to transform Israel from the US European Command to the US Central Command.





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