Ground Report | New Delhi: US troops leave Afghanistan’s Bagram; US troops have handed over Bagram Air Base to the Afghan army almost 20 years later. According to a senior Pentagon official, all US and foreign forces have withdrawn from Bagram Air Base.
US troops leave Afghanistan’s Bagram
The withdrawal of foreign troops from this important military base, 50km north of the capital Kabul, is an important signal that NATO’s Afghan mission will end before September 11 this year. US forces have made Bagram Air Base their first major base since September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
The airspace was completely handed over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces, they said on condition that they would not be identified as they were not authorized to release the information to the media.
One of the officials also said that the US top commander in Afghanistan, General Austin S. Miller, “still retains all the capabilities and officers required to defend the forces.” (US troops leave Afghanistan’s Bagram)
2,500-3,500 US troops have left Afghanistan
The withdrawal from Bagram Airfield is a clear sign that the last of the 2,500-3,500 US troops have left Afghanistan or are nearing departure, months ahead of President Joe Biden’s promise that they will be gone by September 11.
It became clear soon after the mid-April announcement that the US was ending its “forever war” that the departure of American troops and their estimated 7,000 NATO allies would occur closer to July 4, when the US would celebrate its Independence Day.
By this week most of the NATO troops have already quietly left. Announcements from several countries, analyzed by The Associated Press, show that most European troops have now left with little ceremony – in contrast to the dramatic and public displays of force and unity when NATO allies agreed to support the US invasion in 2001.