The U.S. Supreme General of Afghanistan said on Sunday that the U.S. military had already begun shutting down its operations in preparation for a complete withdrawal.
At a press conference in the capital, Kabul, Army General Austin Miller told Afghan journalists, “All our troops are preparing to go retrograde.”
Miller added that the official notice date for the withdrawal would be May 1, but “when we started local action, we had already started it.”
The general told reporters that Afghan security forces were often asked if they could do the job in the absence of the United States and other foreign troops.
“My message is always the same. They need to be ready. They need to be ready,” Miller said. By RFE / RL..
Mr Miller said some equipment would be brought back to the United States, but some would be left behind to support Afghan troops.
“Whenever possible, we aim to ensure that Afghan security forces have the bases, equipment, and parts needed for military functioning,” he said. According to CNN..
A complete withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan would make the war on terror more difficult, Top General said last week.
“If you’re abroad and don’t have the ecosystem we have there right now, it’s going to be harder to do. It’s not impossible to do it, it’s more to do it. It will be difficult, “General Frank Mackenzie, head of the United States Central Command, told the House of Representatives in Washington on April 20.
Mr Mackenzie said that if US troops were not stationed in Afghanistan, drone attacks targeting terrorists would have to occur in neighboring countries. High-ranking US officials are considering reaching an agreement with countries near Afghanistan to find resources.
“We’re considering offshore horizon options, so I think some units will stay in Central Command,” Mackenzie said.
“I’m actually making a detailed plan to consider these options now, at the direction of my secretary. I’ll report to him by the end of the month with some alternatives,” he said. I added.
President Joe Biden recently announced that all US troops will leave Afghanistan by September 11, a few months after the withdrawal deadline set by his predecessor.
Biden said it was time to end “the longest war in America.”
The president’s decision to withdraw the rest of the army has sparked a mixed reaction from Capitol Hill and security experts, while national security adviser Jake Sullivan said last week that the Biden administration had terrorist groups like al-Qaeda. “I can’t guarantee anything,” and once the US military withdraws from Afghanistan, ISIS will not be revived.