“The withdrawal has begun. Of course, this is the first phase of the withdrawal, a lot of personnel and equipment have not withdrawn yet, but it has started,” the Defense Ministry (Pentagon) official said. said.
Refusing to give a clear figure, the official said that around 100 personnel, including military and civilian, and some equipment were withdrawn.
“So you will see more civilian personnel coming out in the first place,” he said, noting that among those withdrawn were civilians, as well as civilian Pentagon and Foreign Affairs employees, and contracted personnel. said.
The US administration reached an agreement with the Taliban on February 29, 2020 and pledged to withdraw from Afghanistan completely on May 1, 2021.
However, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that they would withdraw completely, starting from May 1, until September 11.