KABUL - The US Forces commander in Afghanistan Gen. Austin Scott Miller said in a interview said “we’re going on offense against the Taliban,” adding that a more aggressive posture was needed because of heavy casualties among Afghan forces.
He said that a more aggressive policy of helping the Afghan military track and defeat the Taliban — what he calls “regaining the tactical initiative” — but in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, his first since taking command of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan he also says he recognizes that the solution in Afghanistan will be political, not military, TOLO News has reported.
“This is not going to be won militarily,” Miller said. “This is going to a political solution.”
“My assessment is the Taliban also realizes they cannot win militarily. So, if you realize you can’t win militarily at some point, fighting is just, people start asking why. So, you do not necessarily wait us out, but I think now is the time to start working through the political piece of this conflict.”
Speaking from the Resolute Support headquarters building in Kabul, Miller said he knew early on that he needed to turn the tables on the Taliban and go after them.