According to the U.S. government’s plan, starting yesterday, U.S. troops began to withdraw from Afghanistan, and by September 11 this year, a complete withdrawal. The White House confirmed on April 29th that U.S. troops were beginning to withdraw from Afghanistan.
On the same day, a NATO official said that NATO troops in Afghanistan have begun to withdraw. The number of deadly attacks on Afghan forces rose sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to a report by the U.S. government.
White House Deputy Press Secretary said the same day, the U. S. military is withdrawing from Afghanistan, some elite Army Rangers will be temporarily deployed to Afghanistan to protect the withdrawal. In addition, U.S. Defense Secretary Austin has ordered a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group to provide continued protection for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan throughout the withdrawal process.
In addition, U.S. Central Command will assess the defense needs of U.S. forces in Afghanistan for some time to come, when additional troops will be deployed flexibly within the Central Command area. These operations will initially lead to an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the U.S. remains committed to withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said April 29 that there was no way to predict the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and that the worst-case scenario for the country was the overthrow of the government. AFP reported that there are fears that the Taliban may regain power after the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
On the same day, a NATO official said that after U.S. President Joe Biden made the decision to withdraw U.S. troops completely from Afghanistan by September 11, NATO troops in Afghanistan began to withdraw.
Afghanistan currently has about 7,000 NATO troops dependent on U.S. logistical and security support, and the withdrawal will be completed in a few months. The security of troops in Afghanistan will be a priority for NATO.