US left Bagram Airbase at night with no notice, Afghan commander says

US left Bagram Airbase at night with no notice, Afghan commander says
An Afghan army soldier keeps watch at Bagram, the morning after US troops withdrew during the night. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The US troops left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airbase in the dead of night without notifying the Afghans, the base’s new commander said.

General Asadullah Kohistani said that the US troops left Bagram at 03:00 local time on Friday, and that the Afghan military came to know about it hours later.

The airbase, which was key to the US to battle against Taliban, also contains a prison, and there are reportedly up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners left in the facility.

As US troops withdraw, the Taliban have been advancing rapidly in Afghanistan.

Mon Monday, General Kohistani said that Afghan forces were expecting the Taliban to attack Bagram.

Speaking to reporters at the airbase, the General said he was already receiving reports the militant group was making “movements in rural areas” nearby.

Gen Kohistani said: “You know, if we compare ourselves with the Americans, it’s a big difference. But according to our capabilities… we are trying to do the best and as much as possible secure and serve all the people.”

On Friday, the US announced that it had vacated Bagram, effectively completing its military campaign in Afghanistan ahead of the official end date of 11 September, announced by President Biden earlier this year.

Gen Kohistani said, the Americans left behind about 3.5 million items, including tens of thousands of bottles of water, energy drinks and military ready-made meals, known as MREs.

The Associated Press reported that the US military also left behind thousands of civilian vehicles, without keys, and hundreds of armoured vehicles.

Gen Kohistani said that the US soldiers took heavy weapons with them and detonated some ammunition stocks, but left behind small weapons and ammunition for the Afghans.

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