US vacates key Afghan base; pullout target now 'late August'

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jul 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-02 17:55:05-04

U.S. officials say the U.S. military has left Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years, bringing the U.S. military closer to a final withdrawal that the Pentagon says will be completed by late August.

The facility was the epicenter of the war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America.

Two officials say the airfield was handed over to the Afghan National Security and Defense Force in its entirety.

They spoke on condition they not be identified because they were not authorized to disclose the handover to the media.

The Pentagon also said Friday that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, will remain for a couple of weeks as final arrangements are made for a reduced U.S. military mission.

Remaining U.S. troops are now concentrated in Kabul.