President Biden’s nominee to head US Central Command (CENTCOM), Lt. Gen. Michael Kurilla, told a Senate panel Tuesday that the military needs more resources to conduct operations in Afghanistan.
Since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, US military leaders have vowed to continue surveillance and conduct potential airstrikes against groups like ISIS-K by maintaining so-called “over the horizon” capabilities.
The last known US airstrike in Afghanistan was the August 29th Kabul drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. About a month after the US pullout, the Taliban complained that US drones were still flying surveillance missions over Afghanistan, and Kurilla’s comments suggest the flights have continued.
Kurilla said the “over the horizon” monitoring in Afghanistan is “very difficult,” but not impossible. “The biggest challenge for Afghanistan is that as a landlocked country, so we rely on other nations to be able to enter Afghanistan,” he said. “The distances required to fly [surveillance] is great. We spend approximately two-thirds of the time just flying there and getting back.”
Kurilla said the US has been in talks with regional countries to set up a military base to cut down the flight time of the drones, but no agreements have been made. He said the US needs to “reinvest in our intelligence capabilities and human intelligence capability that was lost during the withdrawal.”
4 thoughts on “CENTCOM Nominee Wants More Resources for ‘Over the Horizon’ Operations in Afghanistan”
Stay out of, and away from Afghanistan. There is nohing but trouble for you there…!!!!!
ISIS is a sworn enemy of the Taliban. I think the Taliban is up to the job of taking care of things.
in other words; uncle sam is probably still in afghanistan, the entire withdrawal was a sham and uncle sam drug cartel is no doubt still cultivating the opium poppies and manufacturing heroin to be sold in the western world
“Over the horizon operations”, sounds much more benign than we are unleashing our robot killers to blow people to pieces! That’s what I call a magic wand phrase, a cognitive shortcut around a lot of troubling questions.
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