UPDATED 8:58 AM PT – Thursday, July 8, 2021
Joe Biden is set to address the ongoing troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as the Department of Defense announces removal is 90 percent complete.
According to the U.S. Central Command, it has transferred more than 17,000 pieces of military equipment for disposition. The U.S. military has also transferred seven facilities over to the Afghan forces.
This comes as the Taliban is gaining control of the ground with Afghan troops fleeing to neighboring Tajikistan. Afghan officials insist they have the situation under control as their fight with the Taliban continues.
“Those that went to Tajikistan are coming back and are, once again, going to be in the service of their people and defense of people, in defense of Fayzabad,” stated Afghani National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib. “People are standing. It’s war. There is pressure; sometimes things work in our way and sometimes they don’t.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s messy Middle East troop withdrawal has hit another snag as looters ransack Bagram Air Base. Afghan officials said the U.S. military left behind 3.5 million items in their abrupt departure. These items range from bottles of water to cars, laptops and even small weapons as well as ammunition.
Dozens of looters reportedly raided the facility once Americans left and made off with some of that equipment. This has prompted concern that U.S. intelligence and weapons may have fallen into the wrong hands.
#Afghanistan– Dozens of looters ransacked the #Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan early on Friday in the hours between when U.S. troops left the premises covertly under cover of night and Afghan forces took control.
— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) July 7, 2021
The Pentagon said the exact time of the troop withdrawal was not given due to security reasons. However, afghan officials said the U.S. military lost 20 years of goodwill in one night leaving the way they did.
The White House has said that Biden will give an update on the situation, but will not announce any new policies.