The United States began the formal withdrawal of the military from Afghanistan on Thursday after United States President Joe Biden ordered the process to begin on May 1, as announced by the country’s defense officials.
A military team, fewer than 100 soldiers and other US government personnel have been flown out of Afghanistan, the source told CNN.
Likewise, the Pentagon has expressed concern about possible attacks by the Taliban on its staff and has therefore not clarified whether it will reveal all the details of the exit process, which will be completed on September 11, Biden announced.
With this in mind, the Ministry of Defense has announced that it will increase the protection of its troops and workers in the face of the withdrawal process with 650 ground troops, additional artillery and the involvement of the air force.
In mid-April, Biden confirmed that the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would be “orderly” as of May 1, as the reasons for staying there are “increasingly confused”. The date coincides with the date set in the peace agreement with the Taliban for the end of the withdrawal.
Taliban spokesman Zabihulá Mujahid called on the United States and the “occupation countries” to “stop making excuses to prolong the war” and to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan “as soon as possible”.
In the United States, about 2,500 soldiers are officially stationed in Afghanistan, although the actual number fluctuates and would be about a thousand more, according to the newspaper mentioned above. Your presence is the key to the future of the NATO mission, which works together on training missions for the Afghan armed forces and has around 9,600 employees.