US Gen. McKenzie says Taliban were ‘helpful and useful’

CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said the Taliban were “helpful and useful when we closed down operations.”

“They established a firm perimeter outside of the airfield to prevent people from coming on the airfield during our departure,” McKenzie said of the Taliban Monday. “They did not have direct knowledge of our time of departure, we chose to keep that information very restricted. But they were actually very helpful and useful to us as we closed down operations.”

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McKenzie’s comments come as the news broke Monday that the last U.S. forces in Afghanistan had departed the country, officially bringing the 20-year conflict to an end.


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