US-Taliban peace deal: 10 US military bases closed down as of yet

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KABUL: Following the peace deal with the Taliban in February, the US has reportedly closed down at least ten bases across Afghanistan, revealed a recent report by Washington Post.


The report released on Friday said that the bases’ closure was part of the US troop’s departure from Afghanistan.  


The bases closed included Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, Bost in Helmand, Gamberi in Laghman, and Lightning in Paktia. Others closed this year include Jones in Kunduz, DeAlencar in Nangahar, Shaheen in Balkh, Bishop in Kabul, Maymana in Faryab, and Qalat in Zabul.


According to the report, most of the bases had been wholly handed to the Afghan forces, and some others were emptied and “left in place in a way in which they could be occupied again in the future,” if needed. 


However, it isn’t ascertained how much equipment is left at these vacated bases.


 ‘Further closures show that the United States is collapsing its forces in Afghanistan back into its bigger military installations to save on the large number of troops needed to secure the perimeter of multiple small outposts,” the report added.


Meanwhile, further withdrawal decisions are to be made in consultation with both NATO allies and Afghan partners.


This comes after the Trump administration decided to cut the troop numbers from roughly 5,000 to 2,500 by Jan. 15, days before President Trump leaves the White House.


Meanwhile, based on the US-Taliban deal, the foreign troops are supposed to vacate Afghanistan by May next year.