Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

US switched off the lights and left airbase without telling the Afghans

Just like Vietnam and Cambodia.

By Kathy Gannon,

Bagram: The US left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander.

Afghan military officials say they discovered the Americans’ departure more than two hours after they left.

Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling air base on Monday, providing a rare first glimpse of what had been the epicentre of America’s war to unseat the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaeda perpetrators of the September 11 attacks on America.

The US announced last Friday that it had completely vacated its biggest airfield in the country in advance of a final withdrawal that the Department of Defence says will be completed by the end of August.

“We [heard] some rumour that the Americans had left Bagram … and finally by 7 o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” General Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said.


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