Troop withdrawal: US to retain 2 military bases in Afghanistan

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KABUL: Reiterating support to the Afghan security forces, the US troops notify about retaining two huge bases in Afghanistan as they plan to withdraw from the war-devastated country by May next year.

Despite NATO concerns, the Trump administration earlier decided to cut troop levels from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, 2021

On Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that the US would keep the two large bases and several satellite bases.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution, the top army general pledged continued US troops’ support to the Afghan security forces. The American military would also continue with anti-terrorism operations against the Islamic State (Daesh) and Al-Qaeda rebels, Milley was quoted as saying by Reuters.

In response to a query, he said: “We went to Afghanistan … to ensure that Afghanistan never again became a platform for terrorists to strike the United States.”

“We believe that now after 20 years — two decades of consistent effort there — we’ve achieved a modicum of success,” Milley added.