- Afghan forces complained they weren’t informed prematurely that US forces would go away within the early hours final Friday.
- “The exact hour of departure was not divulged for operational security purposes,” admits Pentagon spokesperson.
- “It’s not a statement about whether we trust or don’t trust our Afghan partners,” says Pentagon.
The US navy confirmed it left the Bagram air base in Afghanistan secretly, with out informing Afghanistan officers concerning the time it was vacating the bottom and leaving it open to looters in consequence.
Based on studies, Afghan navy officers, together with the overall who will run the bottom sooner or later, complained that they weren’t informed prematurely that US forces would go away within the early hours final Friday.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned senior Afghan political and navy officers had been informed concerning 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 mentioned 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 should be “safe and orderly,” Kirby mentioned, 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 US has moved rapidly to drag out 1000’s of service personnel and civilian contractors since President Joe Biden ordered them to go away in April, setting a September deadline.
On Tuesday the US Central Command, which oversees Afghan operations, mentioned the pullout was greater than 90% full.