Sivpost – Afghan Military Spokesman Khoja Yaya Alawi said the United States (US) had completely withdrawn its troops from the Kandahar air base.
“They have officially handed over the base to us, but I can confirm that they left the base on Wednesday,” Alawi said as quoted by AFP, Friday (14/5).
“They handed over all military facilities there to the Afghan troops,” continued the Director of Kandahar Airport, Massoud Pashtun.
For information, Kandahar, which was originally the second largest base for the US-led international coalition forces, is also known as the province where the Taliban was born.
When the US troops were leaving, the Afghan military and the Taliban militia engaged in heavy fighting in Kandahar which resulted in at least 100 casualties. However, during this Eid Al-Fitr 1442 H holiday, the Taliban group and the Afghan military held a three-day ceasefire.
The withdrawal of US and international coalition troops from Afghanistan stems from an instruction by US President Joe Biden in May.
The US soldiers and allies remaining across Afghanistan were first transferred to the largest military base in Bagram before being flown out of the country.
Joe Biden targets the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan at the latest on September 11, 2021 or exactly 20 years of the terror attacks on the twin towers of the WTC in New York.
The terror attack triggered a massive hunt for members of Al-Qaeda under the command of Osama bin Laden, who was accused of being the mastermind of the attack.
Biden, who became the US Vice President in the Barack Obama Presidency, stated that Afghanistan was no longer a priority for his country at this time.