The U.S. military will stay engaged with the Afghanistan battle into September, keeping the alternative of dispatching airstrikes against the Taliban to safeguard Afghan powers, U.S. authorities said Thursday, even as the last battle troops get ready to leave the country in coming days.

For quite a long time, authorities have said the withdrawal of the fundamental U.S. military power and its hardware from Afghanistan would be to a great extent finished by this end of the week, well in front of the Sept. 11 cutoff time set by President Joe Biden. Armed force Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. authority there, would then leave, denoting a critical defining moment in the U.S. mission. In any case, a scope of entangling factors implies that won’t end America’s inclusion in the 20-year war

Authorities said when Miller flies out, his battle job, remembering position to complete strikes for the Taliban and to lead counterterror tasks against al-Qaida or different gatherings, will be taken over by Marine Gen. Straight to the point McKenzie, the top U.S. authority for the Middle East, who is situated in Florida. Authorities said there have been a few U.S. airstrikes on the side of the Afghans lately, utilizing warplanes based outside of Afghanistan, and those strikes will proceed.

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The new U.S. commander inside Afghanistan will be Navy Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, who will head the security mission at the U.S. Embassy. He is already in Kabul, working with Miller on a transition, said the officials, who discussed new details of the withdrawal on condition of anonymity.

Vasely will have 650 U.S. troops in the country, based largely at the embassy to secure the diplomatic mission, a force that will remain indefinitely. In addition, until September, McKenzie will have the authority to keep up to 300 more troops in Afghanistan to help with security, including at the airport, said the officials.