Highlights of statements by US Department of Defense (Pentagon) spokesperson John Kirby are as follows:
* Our commanders continue to talk to the Taliban to prevent conflict.
* We followed the threats as closely as possible using the means at our disposal and took the best possible measures.
* More than 122,000 people have been evacuated since the start of the operation. This includes 5,400 US citizens.
THE BLOODY ATTACK OF DAESH
Responding to a question about civilian casualties from last Thursday’s attacks in which at least 170 people were killed, John Kirby said: “We are not in a position to discuss this. We assess and investigate, as the general said. We take this very, very seriously, and when we learn that innocent lives have been lost in our operations, we will be transparent about it, “he said.