The Pentagon noted that with the withdrawal of troops from the country, the United States does not leave this region, as there are still threats there.
With the beginning of the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, the United States has embarked on a new mission in this country – to develop a different relationship with the Afghan government and security forces. This was stated by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby at a briefing for journalists. The transcript of the conversation was distributed by the press service of the department.
According to him, the United States will now develop “new relations with Afghanistan in all government areas: in the diplomatic, economic and, of course, in the security sphere.” “Our relationship with the Afghan National Defense Agency and its security forces will continue, but will continue differently,” Kirby said.
He explained that with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the United States is not leaving the region, as there are still threats there, and the United States, Kirby stressed, will be ready to counter these threats by strengthening its existing “remote” capabilities there and creating new ones.
“We understand that we need to think about all this in more detail and care as we move towards completing the full withdrawal. And we are working on it,” the Pentagon spokesman said.
On Tuesday, the Central Command (CENTCOM) of the US Armed Forces, whose area of operational responsibility includes Central Asia and the Middle East, reported that the process of withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan is 16-25% complete. On April 14, US President Joe Biden announced the decision to end the operation in Afghanistan, which became the longest foreign military campaign in American history – it began in October 2001. The withdrawal of individual units and the removal of equipment began at the end of last month. American soldiers are expected to leave the country by September 11. At the peak of the operation in 2010-2013, the number of US troops and their allies in Afghanistan exceeded 150 thousand people.