The U.S forces have handed over the Bagram airbase in the north of Kabul, after nearly 20 years of heavy military presence in Afghanistan, sources at MOD confirmed.

According to sources, the last U.S soldier left Bagram Airfield on Friday and this key military base went in full control of the Afghan forces managed by the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense.

This comes as the United States of America signed a deal with the Taliban on the 29th February 2020 to put an end to the U.S military presence in Afghanistan, the deal was later highly criticized by marginalizing Afghanistan and giving it no place in the agreement.

According to the U.S – Taliban agreement, the foreign military troops should have been ended by May 1, 2021, but later the U.S administration announced that due to logistical issues, the withdrawal will initiate on 1st may and will end by Sep 11, equivalent to the 20th anniversary of the U.S presence in Afghanistan.

Taliban has increased its offensive post-May 1, fighting to collapse districts in northern Afghanistan and gain more territories.

On the other hand, the so-called intra-Afghan negotiations between the Taliban leaders in Doha and the Afghanistan negotiation team members which have taken nearly 1 year now, have not provided any tangible results.

The Afghan government has continuously accused the Taliban of not having any interest in the Afghan peace process.

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