The U.S. Department of Defense has officially confirmed the withdrawal of American forces from five military bases in Afghanistan. This was stated in a statement by Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman.
In addition, he confirmed the reduction of U.S. troops in the country to 8.6 thousand people, as provided by the peace agreement between Washington and the radical movement “Taliban”.
“We have fulfilled these obligations. The number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan remains at 8,500, while the five bases previously occupied by U.S. forces have been transferred to Afghan partners,” Hoffman said.
Earlier, a spokesman for the U.S. administration told Afghan TV TOLO News that the U.S. has closed bases in Helmand, Uruzgan, Paktika and Laghman provinces.
In late February, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban Deputy Leader and Mullah Abdullah Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s Qatari political office in Doha, signed a peace agreement between Washington and the Taliban. According to the document, the U.S. side was to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan from 12,000 to 8,600 within 135 days, and then continue withdrawal of its military contingent and NATO forces within 14 months.
The military operation in Afghanistan has been going on since October 2001. At the peak of the campaign in 2010-2013 the number of Western forces in this country exceeded 150 thousand people. The main combat forces of the USA and NATO were withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2014.