The United States conducted several airstrikes against Taliban forces in support of Afghan government forces targeting captured equipment and artillery. A number of the strikes took place in the strategic province of Kandahar.

These were the first airstrikes since General Scott Miller, the commander of Operation Resolute Support, left the country as part of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan which is slated to be complete by August 31. The authority for these airstrikes is now in the hands of General Frank McKenzie, the commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

The airstrikes signal that the U.S. will support its Afghan allies, at least until the American withdrawal is complete. After that, however, it is unclear whether the U.S. will continue its support.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not confirm any specifics, including the type of aircraft or specific location of the target. Nevertheless, he said that “In the last several days we have acted, through airstrikes, to support the [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] (ANDSF).”