The decision of the US and NATO troops to withdraw from Afghanistan is officially implemented today.
The number of US soldiers currently in the country, estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000, and approximately 7,000 NATO military personnel, will leave the country gradually from today.
US President Joe Biden announced on April 15 that the withdrawal process would begin on May 1, and that all military forces would withdraw before September 11, the anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.
In the statement made by the Ministry of Defense, it was stated that the withdrawal process started with the closure of small military bases in the country in the last year and that the preparations were accelerated after Biden’s decision.
ONLY 60 SOLDIERS WITHDRAWAL TO DATE
In the statement, it was noted that only 60 US soldiers have left the country so far.
The US and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, on the grounds that they were hiding and protecting the al-Qaeda organization, who were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
2 TRILLION DOLLARS SPENT
According to estimates under the “Costs of War” project run by Brown University in the USA, more than $ 2 trillion was spent for 20 years of war.
1144 NATO personnel also lost their lives in the war in which 2 thousand 442 soldiers were killed and 20 thousand 666 were injured from the USA.