Following a raft of recent American Army departures from the South Asian nation, it’s thought that the withdrawal of allied forced may be completed closer to July 4 than the anniversary of 9/11.
As of this week most Nato soldiers, an estimated 7,000 troops, have already quietly exited.
Announcements from several countries analysed by AP show that a majority of European troops has now left with little ceremony.
A Taliban spokesman has called the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan a ‘positive step’, reports CNN.
Zabiullah Mojahid said: ‘The presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan was a reason for continuation of fighting in the country.
‘If foreign forces leave Afghanistan, Afghans can decide future issues among themselves.
‘We will step forward for the security of the country and our hope for the peace would increase and inshallah we will have development.’
On Thursday, US Defense secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Afghan Minister of Defense, Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, to say the US is still invested in the ‘security and stability of Afghanistan’ as the withdrawal steams ahead.
The US has so far refused to say when the last of its soldier will leave Afghanistan, citing security concerns.
Bagram, which has a two-mile runway, was the jumping off point for military operations throughout the country. It was here that cargo aircraft, fighter jets, and attack helicopters landed and took off.
Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all visited Bagram during their time in office, promising victory and a better future for Afghanistan.
The US and Nato withdrawal comes as Taliban militants make concerning gains in several parts of the country, overrunning dozens of districts and overwhelming the Afghan security Forces.
At a press conference earlier this week, US general Austin Miller warned that continued violence risked a civil war in Afghanistan, adding the world should be worried.
At its peak, Bagram airfield saw more than 100,000 US troops pass through its huge military compound, which is around an hour’s drive north of the Afghan capital of Kabul.
The war in Afghanistan has taken an estimated 3,500 coalition lives, an unknown number of Taliban fighters and thousands of innocent Afghan civilians.
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