US to continue battling terror outfits in Afghanistan
The US will pursue an over-the-horizon mission in Afghanistan to combat terrorism, says Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) Dialogue on Sunday, he stressed: “We must work together to combat terrorism…”
The defense secretary promised to battle -Qaeda-linked and sectarian hatred promoted by ISIS () in Afghanistan.
He told the audience: “We’ll keep up our relentless focus on counterterrorism, even as we shift to an over-the-horizon concept in Afghanistan.”
A day earlier, he renewed the US commitment to security and stability in the Middle East and to expanding multilateral security cooperation to address shared threats.
Separately, visited the US Fifth Fleet to meet service members forward-deployed to and thanked them for their service, sacrifice and dedication.