During a press briefing, General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, commander of U.S. Central Command said that the United States is currently relying on the Taliban for protection. The shocking news came after ISIS carried out two suicide bombings in Kabul Thursday morning, killing at least 12 U.S. service members and killing more than 40 Afghan civilians. General McKenzie revealed during the briefing that the United States is not only sharing information with the Taliban but also relying on them for protection in the area.
Fox News reports:
“We share versions of this information with the Taliban, so that they can actually do some searching out there for us. And we believe that some attacks have been thwarted by them,” he said. “We cut down the information we give the Taliban, they don’t get the full range of information that we have, but we give them enough to act time and space to try and prevent these attacks.”
McKenzie said he expected such attacks to continue and that the U.S. military is doing everything it can to be prepared for those attacks.
“That includes reaching out to the Taliban, who are actually providing the outer security around the airfield to make sure they know what we expect them to do to protect us, and we will continue to coordinate with them going forward,” he said.
There is still a threat of additional attacks from ISIS in the area, especially a “high” risk of car bombs.