Pentagon confirms withdrawal of several hundred US troops from Kabul airport

The agency said their departure “will have no impact on the ongoing mission”

Pentagon confirms withdrawal of several hundred US troops from Kabul airport

According to TASS, a written statement by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, which was posted on Twitter by US television journalists, said that several hundred US troops had already left Kabul airport, their departure was scheduled as they completed their participation in the operation to evacuate Americans and Afghans helping them from Afghanistan.

“We can confirm reports of the departure of several hundred US military personnel”, –  the document said.

According to Kirby, these are primarily military personnel in staff positions, as well as those who have been providing logistical support. He clarified that their departure was planned and “the mission at the airport is complete.” According to the Pentagon spokesman, the departure of these military personnel “will have no impact on the ongoing mission”.

Earlier, Fox News television reported, citing a US administration official, that the US had begun withdrawing its troops from the Kabul airport as the completion date for the evacuation operation from Afghanistan approached. He did not specify exactly how many troops had already left the airport. According to the Pentagon, there had been 5,800 American soldiers at the airport in Kabul by the end of last week.

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