US military leaves Kandahar airfield in southern Afghanistan, official says

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The US military withdrew this week from Kandahar Airfield, a sprawling base outside Afghanistan’s second largest city, a Kabul-based US official confirms to Fox News.

The last US soldier left earlier this week, the official said. President Biden has said the United States will aim to withdraw the rest of its remaining troops – around 2,500 – from Afghanistan by the symbolic date of 9/11.

Kandahar Airfield, or “KAF,” as the tens of thousands of American troops who crossed for nearly two decades called it, served as a hub for American forces to push towards forward operating bases and airfields. more austere outposts in unstable southern Afghanistan. .

US Army Guardsmen at Kandahar Airfield in 2014 (Matt Cardy / Getty Images, file)
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US Army Guardsmen at Kandahar Airfield in 2014 (Matt Cardy / Getty Images, file)

US fighter squadrons and drones were also based at Kandahar Airfield, providing essential air support to Afghan forces fighting emboldened Taliban.

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The Taliban movement was founded in Kandahar in an area of ​​Zhari district known as the “heart of darkness”. The rural area is made up of rows of grapes, irrigation ditches and mud hut complexes that could stop a 7.62 shell fired by the Taliban.

Black Hawk helicopters on display at an air show at Kandahar Airfield in 2018 (AP Photo / Massoud Hossaini, file)

Black Hawk helicopters on display at an air show at Kandahar Airfield in 2018 (AP Photo / Massoud Hossaini, file)

At the height of US military involvement ten years ago, 100,000 US troops were deployed to Afghanistan, and many of the leading forces were sent to Kandahar and Helmand province to the west.

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The rural area produced most of the country’s poppy crop, which is used to make opium.

The numerous culverts in the vicinity also provided hiding places for the lethal bombs, which killed and maimed American soldiers and Marines.

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