After nearly 20 years, the U.S. military left Bagram Airfield, the epicentre of its battle to oust the Taliban and search out the al-Qaeda perpetrators of the September 11 assaults on America, two U.S. officers mentioned Friday
The airfield was handed over to the Afghan National Security and Defence Force in its entirety, they mentioned on situation they not be recognized as a result of they weren’t licensed to launch it to the media.
One of the officers additionally mentioned the U.S. prime commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S Miller, “nonetheless retains all of the capabilities and authorities to guard the forces.”
The withdrawal is the clearest indication that the final of the two,500-3,500 U.S. troops have left Afghanistan or are nearing a departure, months forward of President Joe Biden’s promise that they might be passed by Sept. 11.
It was clear quickly after the mid-April announcement that the U.S. was ending its “without end battle” that the departure of U.S. troopers and their estimated 7,000 NATO allies could be nearer to July 4, when America celebrates its Independence Day.
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Most NATO troopers have already quietly exited as of this week.
The U.S. has refused to say when the final U.S. soldier would depart Afghanistan, citing safety considerations, but additionally the safety of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport remains to be being negotiated. Turkish and U.S. troopers presently are defending the airport. That safety is presently lined underneath the Resolute Support Mission, which is the military mission presently closing.
Until a brand new settlement for the airport’s safety is negotiated between Turkey and the Afghan authorities, and probably the United States, the Resolute Support mission would seem to proceed.
The U.S. may even have about 6,500 troops in Afghanistan to guard its sprawling embassy in the capital.
At its peak, Bagram Airfield noticed greater than 100,000 U.S. troops move by way of its sprawling compound barely an hour’s drive north of the Afghan capital Kabul.