Bagram Looted: US Abandonment or Afghan Ineptitude?

Bagram Looted: US Abandonment or Afghani Ineptitude?

( – It’s been billed as “America’s longest war,” referring to the presence of American military forces and those of its NATO allies in Afghanistan fighting Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist groups. On July 2, the last allied troops departed Bagram Airfield north of the capital city of Kabul, which was the largest and most active coalition base in the country.

Last week, news outlets reported that heavy preparation went into the departure from Bagram. However, some media outlets, such as the Associated Press (AP) and Business Insider, are now portraying the handover as if the Americans simply turned off the lights, left the front door open, and slunk away in the dark. It appears the last plane went wheels up sometime around 3:00 a.m. local time. The NEW Afghan commander, Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, claims he did not receive official notice until about 7:00 a.m. This reportedly gave looters time to make off with scrap and other items from the base.

Perhaps he should look to his own superiors for an explanation about the four-hour gap that allowed looters to storm the base. United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III took to his Twitter feed on July 1 (two days prior) to discuss his conversation with Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi about America’s continued support during the drawdown of the US and NATO forces.

The Defense Department admitted on July 6 to purposefully withholding the exact time of departure due to security concerns. However, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby insisted that “everybody knew… roughly when” the US troops were leaving.

The Taliban has resumed military conquests across Afghanistan rather than sitting at a table negotiating peace. They had threatened consequences when President Joe Biden reneged on the deal negotiated under former President Donald Trump. The American commander overseeing the withdrawal, 4-star General Austin S Miller, expressed concern that the vacuum created will result in a full-blown civil war that should cause worry around the world.

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