Era Ends, War Looms as US Forces Quit Main Base in Afghanistan
Friday, 02 July 2021 03:29 PM
American troops pulled out of their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, leaving behind a piece of the World Trade Center they buried 20 years ago in a country that the top U.S. commander has warned may descend into civil war without them.
"All American soldiers and members of NATO forces have left the Bagram air base," said a senior U.S. security official on condition of anonymity.
U.S. President Joe Biden said the withdrawal is "on track," but some American forces still will be in Afghanistan in September as part of a "rational drawdown with allies."
Even so, the Bagram pullout brought an effective end to the longest war in U.S. history.