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The US’ haphazard withdrawal from Bagram Air Base shows it never had any clear plan in Afghanistan

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The US abandoned the 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,” the Associated Press news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Afghan military officials.

They left behind 3.5 million items, ranging from bottles of water and phones to civilian vehicles, many of which don’t have keys to start them. This, plus the fact that the lights reportedly abruptly went down and there were no longer any guards on duty, apparently tipped off an army of looters, who then infiltrated the base.

Reportedly, about 5,000 inmates – many of them alleged Taliban operatives – remain in prison on the territory of the Bagram airfield.

After almost two decades of occupation and no clear military objectives, this haphazard withdrawal from what was the staging point for American and NATO operations in Afghanistan shows that the US-led coalition never had any unified plan in the country. The same could be said of many other countries occupied by the Western military.

This will come as no surprise to many. In fact, former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff, Colonel Larry Wilkerson, who was very involved in the military’s decision-making at the time of the invasion of Afghanistan, perfectly summed up this lack of a strategic line in........

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