White House says no increased violence against U.S. troops in Afghanistan

June 23, 2021 4:52 PM EDT

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. soldier keeps watch at an Afghan National Army base in Logar province, Afghanistan August 5, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani/File Photo


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is overseeing an orderly withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan and the United States has not seen an increase in violence directed against its troops in the country in the past year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.

Psaki told a news briefing that while there had been increased attacks on Afghan forces and the government compared with a year ago "we have not seen an increase in attacks on our military or presence since February 2020."

(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Steve Holland, Lisa Lambert, Doina Chiacu and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chris Reese)



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