The US left Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield shutting off the electricity and slipping away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander, who learnt about it after more than two hours, Afghan military officials said.
Afghanistan’s army showed off the sprawling air base on Monday, providing a rare first glimpse of what had been the epicenter of America’s war to unseat the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks on America.
“We (heard) some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram … and finally by seven o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” Gen. Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said. US military spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett did not address the specific complaints.
Before the Afghan army could take control of the airfield about an hour’s drive from the Afghan capital Kabul, it was invaded by a small army of looters, who ransacked barrack after barrack and rummaged through giant storage tents before being evicted, according to Afghan military officials.