The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is stepping down Monday, U.S. defense officials say, a move that marks the symbolic end of the U.S. military mission in this country.
Army Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller has commanded the military coalition in Afghanistan since August 2018, longer than any previous commanding general in that position.
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He turns over command of U.S. Forces Afghanistan to the commander of U.S. Central Command, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie.
The Biden administration announced in April that all U.S. troops would withdraw from the country by Sept. 11, but the U.S. withdrawal moved much faster. More than 90 percent of the U.S. personnel and equipment had left by the beginning of July and the mission will officially end Aug. 31.