The United States Defense Department announced Tuesday that the U.S. has closed five military bases and reduced the size of its troops stationed in the region to 8,600 as part of the agreement with the Taliban in February.
The agreement laid out a 14-month timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. military forces, its allies and coalitions, which reveals the possibility to end America’s nearly two decades long involvement in the war in Afghanistan since 2001.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said, “We maintain the capabilities and authorities necessary to protect ourselves, our Allies and partners, and U.S. national interests.”
The U.S. will continue to execute the counter-terrorism mission and support the NATO Resolute Support Train, Advise, Assist mission and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces to secure the peace.
The larger bases in Bagram, located outside Kabul, and Kandahar Air Field in southern Afghanistan are still open.