The Pentagon on Tuesday admitted it had vacated the Bagram air base in Afghanistan secretly, with out informing the Afghanistan authorities.
Based on studies, Afghan navy officers, together with the final who will run the bottom sooner or later, complained that they weren’t instructed prematurely that US forces would depart within the early hours final Friday.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby stated senior Afghan political and navy officers had been instructed in regards to the exit two days forward and got a walk-through of the sprawling base, the middle of US and coalition operations in opposition to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban resistance for the previous 20 years.
“The exact hour of departure was not divulged for operational security purposes,” Kirby stated in a press briefing.
“In general we felt it was better to keep that information as closely held as possible,” he added.
The US withdrawal have to be “safe and orderly,” Kirby stated, pointing to the fixed menace the Taliban poses to US forces.
“I can´t speak to how the Afghans interpreted that decision,” he added, amid questions of whether or not it confirmed a basic mistrust of US associate forces within the nation.
“It’s not a statement about whether we trust or don’t trust our Afghan partners. It’s a statement of the fact that we have to consider that this drawdown could be contested by the Taliban. And we have to take that into consideration.”
“It was a turnover just like the previous six bases were turned over,” he went on.
The USA has moved rapidly to tug out hundreds of service personnel and civilian contractors since President Joe Biden ordered them to depart in April, setting a September deadline.
On Tuesday the US Central Command, which oversees Afghan operations, stated the pullout was greater than 90% full.