60 planeloads of US military equipment leave Afghanistan as departure begins
The US military officials said they had removed some 60 planeloads of gear from Afghanistan and identified about 1,300 pieces of equipment for destruction by Tuesday as Washington works to exit the country where US troops have been at war for nearly 20 years, reported a US-based news agency.
The US Central Command said in a statement published on Tuesday, May 04, that the drawdown effort to remove U.S. forces and the warfighting gear that they have spread across Afghanistan since invading in October 2001 was roughly 2 to 6 percent completed.
The formal withdrawal of US troops began on Saturday as the US government is working to pull out 2, 500 US forces and an estimated 1,000 American contractors by September 11, the deadline that President Joe Biden set for a complete end to US military engagement in Afghanistan.
The US forces will leave some gear behind for the Afghan troops and government and destroy some of its gear, the equipment it removes from Afghanistan will largely be moved elsewhere to bolster other military operations around the globe, according to US military officials.