The United States of America military has left Bagram airfield in Afghanistan after 20 years.

  • Afghan Bagram airfield was the site of several military encounters and a epicenter of USA ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan in the backdrop of 9/11 terror attacks.
  • The airfield has now been handed over to Afghan National Security and Defense Force.
  • This airbase has been the site of USA military’s war against Taliban and al-Qaida terrorist outfits.
  • It remained staffed by 455th Air Expeditionary Wing of US Force.
  • It has been used as a base by rotating units of United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps also used the airfield as a base.

Backdrop

US Joe Biden had promised for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan completely by September 11. Current withdrawal of 2,500-3,500 troops from Bagram airbase is an indication of the follow-up on that promise. Now, USA harbours around 6,500 troops in Afghanistan to protect American embassy in Kabul. However, they have not yet divulged when last US soldier will leave Afghanistan for security reasons.

Bagram Airfield

Bagram Airfield or Bagram Air Base and is located near ancient city of Bagram. It was largest US military base in Afghanistan. Its distance from Parwan Province is 11 kilometres. It has a single runway which is capable of handling large military aircraft including Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy and Antonov An-225. It was staffed 455th Air Expeditionary Wing of U.S. Air Force.

455th Air Expeditionary Wing

The provisional US Air Force unit in the Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Most personnel were located at Air Force Village known as Camp Cunningham First predecessor of this wing was organized in 1943 as 455th Bombardment Group. After training in USA, they are deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations and to participate in strategic bombing campaign against Germany.

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