Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Afghanistan: Final phase of pull-out by US formally begins

Final phase of pull-out by the US, in Afghanistan formally began today, after 20 years. President Joe Biden had set May 1 as the official start of the withdrawal of the remaining forces. Even before Saturday, the herculean task of packing up had begun.

The military has been taking inventory and the military has been flying out equipment on massive C-17 cargo planes. Defence department officials and diplomats told The Associated Press the withdrawal has involved closing smaller bases over the last year. They said that since Biden announced the end-of-summer withdrawal date in mid-April, only roughly 60 military personnel had left the country.

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