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Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby and Army Maj. Gen. William D. "Hank" Taylor updated reporters during a Defense Department news briefing.

Securing the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, and evacuating Americans and Afghans with special immigration visas remains the goal of U.S. troops in that nation, an official of the Joint Staff said.

President Joe Biden addressed the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban and the actions U.S. troops are now taking to facilitate the departure of allies and Afghan partners.

Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban, and U.S. troops now in the country are working to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport to enable the safe departure of U.S., allied and Afghan partners from the country.

Army Sgt. James P. Connor was injured several times during World War II's Operation Anvil/Dragoon, but instead of seeking medical attention he stepped up and inspired his troops to push forward and complete the mission.

U.S. Forces Afghanistan-Forward continue to provide security in Kabul, Afghanistan, at Hamid Karzai International Airport and at the U.S. Embassy, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

A big priority for the Missile Defense Agency is making life easier for the operators of the complex systems used to protect the U.S. from missile threats, the director of the MDA said. Artificial intelligence can help make their job easier, he said — and put their attention on things that matter.

U.S. forces will deploy to Afghanistan and other sites in U.S. Central Command to ensure safety of American embassy personnel and facilitate the departure of Afghans under the special immigrant visa program, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

The U.S. is now navigating through uncharted waters with the possibility of strategic deterrence failing under rapidly growing threats from China and Russia, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, U.S. Cybercom commander, and Japan's state minister of defense discussed strategic security challenges in cyberspace and bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Japan during a meeting at U.S. Cybercom.

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