The acting minister of defense, Gen. Yasin Zia, at a press briefing on Saturday said that the US and NATO forces have started their withdrawal from the country – as the May 1 deadline agreed in Doha deal has approached.
“The withdrawal of foreign forces has practically started,” he said. “They will hand over the areas where their logistics issues have been addressed will be handed (to Afghan forces) by the end of this week,” Zia said.
He said that the US and NATO forces will first leave other bases and will be transferred to Bagram and from there they will leave abroad.
Zia said that the last batch of foreign forces will leave Camp Shorab in Helmand on Sunday.
The withdrawal of foreign forces has been accompanied by concerns among Afghans about the future of the country.
Addressing the same press conference, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib said that their calculations show that the Taliban will continue their violence and that going forward, “every Afghan will be a target” for them.
United States has around 2,500 troops in Afghanistan and based on the Biden administration's decision, their number will be zero by Sept. 11.