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U.S. General Says Up To 100 Afghan Soldiers Killed Every Week

A U.S. general has said the Taliban are no longer capable of overthrowing the government in Kabul but he added that that the militants are capable of fighting "for a fairly long period of time."

Lieutenant General Mark Milley, the deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, spoke on September 4 to reporters by videoconference from his headquarters in Kabul.

He said the war's momentum has shifted in favor of the Afghan government but that the country's army and police are suffering heavy casualties.

Milley said that around 50 to 100 Afghan soldiers are killed in battle every week.

He said U.S. forces are helping Afghan troops to improve their tactics, conduct medical evacuations, and tackle roadside bombs in order to minimize casualties.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP