Taliban ‘welcome’ troops pullout

July 3, 2021

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban said Friday that they “welcome and support” the withdrawal of all US and NATO forces from Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base, indicating the end of foreign troop presence in the country.

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“Their complete withdrawal (from Afghanistan) will pave the way for Afghans to decide their own future,” spokesman Mujahid told AFP. The US military and NATO are nearing the end of their involvement in Afghanistan, with an unspecified number of remaining troops expected to return by September 11.

In the last two months, the Taliban has launched a relentless offensive across Afghanistan, capturing dozens of districts while Afghan security forces have largely cooperated. As of May 2021, there were approximately 9,500 foreign troops in Afghanistan, with the United States providing the largest contingent (2,500).So far, Germany and Italy have both confirmed that their contingents will be fully withdrawn.


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