Thursday, May 13, 2021

US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Upto 6% Complete; Nearly 60 C-17 Globemasters Worth Of Material Shipped-Out

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan is up to 6 percent complete after beginning the drawdown of American ground forces this past weekend, Central Command (CENTCOM) said on Tuesday.

“US Central Command estimates that we have completed between 2-6% of the entire retrograde process,” CENTCOM said in a press release.

The United States, as of Tuesday, has pulled out about 60 C-17 plane loads of equipment from Afghanistan and marked more than 1,300 pieces of equipment that will be destroyed, the release said.

Moreover, the United States has formally handed over the US base Camp Antonik in Helmand, Afghanistan, to the Afghan National Army, the release said.

The United States will provide a weekly update on the status of the withdrawal process, according to the release.

Taliban attacks in Afghanistan have increased as US and NATO forces begin their exit from Afghanistan. On Monday, however, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said small, harassing attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan have not had a significant impact on the withdrawal of US forces.

The Taliban have accused the United States of violating the 2020 Doha agreement, according to which the US was set to withdraw its forces by May 1, and threatened to abandon inter-Afghan peace talks until all foreign troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan.

The movement also issued a warning that the non-aggression clause against US forces will become null starting May 1.

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