The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has been more than 90% complete, the Defense Department announced on Tuesday.
The Pentagon said it had officially handed over seven former US bases to Afghan security forces and that it evacuated the equivalent of nearly 1,000 shipments of equipment on C-17 jets from the country, before the September deadline to complete the withdrawal.
Launched in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of tens of thousands of Afghans and some 2,400 US soldiers, as well as a fortune for the White House.
The Americans began to leave Afghanistan, leaving behind a deeply divided country that could fall back into the hands of the Taliban, determined to impose the same fundamentalist regime that they applied when they were in power between 1996 and 2001.
What for the United States had started as a simple mission to expel al Qaeda from its sanctuaries turned into an all-out war against the Taliban. Despite its military might, Washington failed to prevail.
The future of Afghanistan after the departure of the last foreign troops, scheduled for September 11 at the latest , is highly uncertain.
The United States plans to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of August, days ahead of schedule initially , although it will maintain a diplomatic presence in the country, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday.
“Right now, we hope to complete it by the end of August,” said Psaki at his daily press conference.
The spokeswoman further confirmed that, “before the end” of the withdrawal process in August, the United States will move out of Afghanistan thousands of translators and other Afghan workers who have supported US forces during the last two decades of war.
Although Psaki did not want to give more details “for security reasons,” CNN reported on Friday that Washington is negotiating with Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to take in some of these Afghan workers, while they complete a long process to obtain a visa from entry to the United States.
The New York Times announced in June that there are more than 18,000 Afghans who have worked as translators, engineers, drivers, security guards, fixers (guides) and employees of the US embassy during the war and that they are in bureaucratic limbo after applying for that visa, known as SIV. These applicants also have 53,000 relatives.
“Our plan is to relocate these people somewhere outside of Afghanistan before ending our military withdrawal,” Psaki stressed.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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