US to switch Bagram airbase to Afghan forces in 20 days official says

KABUL An Afghan official mentioned Tuesday that the USA will hand over its fundamental Bagram air base to the Afghan military in about 20 days, as Washington strikes ahead with the withdrawal of its troops from the nation.

The huge base, constructed by the Soviets within the 1980s, is the biggest navy facility utilized by US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, with tens of hundreds of troops stationed there throughout the peak of US navy involvement within the nation ravaged by violence. I can affirm that we’ll hand over the Bagram Air Base,” a US protection official instructed AFP with out specifying when the switch would happen. An Afghan safety official mentioned the supply was anticipated in about 20 days and that the Protection Ministry had arrange particular committees to handle it.

In Washington, the Pentagon indicated that the tempo of the withdrawal was accelerating. As of Monday, the US Central Command estimated that it had accomplished between 30 and 44 p.c of the so-called “retrograde” course of. It has shipped the equal of 300 loaded C-17 transport planes in another country.

In April, President Joe Biden set a September goal of withdrawing 2,500 US troops and a few 16,000 civilian contractors in another country, with the objective of ending the two-decade presence of the US navy. Supply of bases The Bagram base was the nationwide command and air operations heart for the previous twenty years.

It additionally homes a jail that held hundreds of Taliban and militant prisoners through the years. Washington had already handed over six navy bases to Afghan forces earlier than Could 1, when it started to speed up the ultimate withdrawal of troops.

Final month it accomplished the withdrawal of the Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan, which was as soon as the second-largest international navy base within the nation. The US withdrawal comes regardless of bloody preventing throughout the nation between the Taliban and Afghan forces.

Peace talks started in September in Qatar, however have to this point failed to succeed in any settlement to finish a warfare that has killed tens of hundreds of individuals for almost twenty years. On Tuesday, a gaggle of Afghan authorities negotiators headed to Doha in hopes of resuming the stalled talks.