- Oct 9, 2009
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The sprawling airbase has been the centre of operations against the Taliban and al-Qaeda for almost 20 years.
The U.S. left Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield after nearly 20 years by shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base's new Afghan commander, who discovered the Americans' departure more than two hours after they left, Afghan military officials said...
American troops quietly withdrew from the key airbase in the early hours, new base commander says.
Photos show looted Bagram air base hours after US retreat as Biden is warned he’ll ‘own’ any ugliness that follows
Afghan military discovered US troops left the airbase more than two hours after they left
After nearly two decades, the US military has left Bagram, now Afghan forces have invited the press inside the huge, eerily quiet facility
CNN's Anna Coren goes inside Bagram Airfield to capture scenes of abandonment as Afghan forces pick up the pieces following the withdrawal of US and NATO troops after nearly two decades of war.
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The top general leading U.S. military operations in Afghanistan will transfer his command to the head of U.S. Central Command “effective later this month,” as the United States brings to a close it…
It will be interesting to see if the Afghan Air Force can take up the slack now that the USAF in particular is no longer a factor for all intents and purposes. Another question is, will the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who are primarily responsible post-retreat for defence of the airbase rather than the Afghan Air Force, be able to actually hold the base for any length of time?