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US pullout from Afghanistan over 50% complete

  • Published at 04:51 pm June 9th, 2021
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US Army specialist, with the 1st platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 82nd Airborne Division, is helped by comrades into a Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation operation in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, May 11, 2010 Reuters

The US military is tasked with removing its 2,500 troops

The US pullout from Afghanistan is more than 50% complete, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, as it approaches its September 11 deadline to remove troops.

Since President Joe Biden ordered the departure from Afghanistan in April, the Department of Defence has withdrawn the equivalent of approximately 500 C-17 loads of material, the US military's Central Command (Centcom) said in its weekly estimates.

The US military is tasked with removing its 2,500 troops, 16,000 civilian contractors and hundreds of tons of equipment that were inside Afghanistan by the September 11 date, which marks the 20-year anniversary of the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington.

So far Central Command has handed over control of six military installations to the Afghan Ministry of Defence, with the US military yet to withdraw from its main Bagram Air Base, located about 50km northeast of Kabul.

"We anticipate additional transfers of bases and military assets in the future," the Centcom statement said.

The US military, which refuses to be more precise on the pullout and final date of departure in order to preserve the security of its operations, stated that it would no longer issue estimates on withdrawal percentages.

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