US army chief says death toll of Afghan security forces is unsustainable

US army chief says death toll of Afghan security forces is unsustainable

Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie says Afghan forces cannot secure the country without help

The death toll among Afghanistan’s security forces will not be sustainable, even with the stalemate in the fight against Taliban militants, according to the Pentagon’s pick to be the next head of US Central Command.

“Their losses have been very high. They are fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem,” Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie said during a Senate armed services committee hearing.

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