The Afghan National Army forces have increased security measures around Bagram Airfield, the Defense Ministry said, days after the US forces left the base following two decades of presence there.
The Defense Ministry said that the Afghan forces will use the base for counterterrorism purposes.
“Bagram Airfield will be used as a powerful center for command of operations and the deployment of the second units of the Air Force,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
“We will defend our nation as well as our dignity and pride until the last drop of our blood,” said Sayed Mohammad, an Afghan National Army officer at Bagram Airfield.
“We are deployed here in Bagram. We are fully prepared to defend and secure this area,” said Ehsan, an Afghan National Army officer.
Some residents of Bagram district said that two decades of US presence in Bagram did not change the situation in Afghanistan, calling on the warring parties to agree on peace.
Jawed, a resident of Bagram.who runs a restaurant in the area for years, said he hopes that peace will be ensured in the country as foreign forces are leaving the country.
“We want our elders to sit together and make peace so that the country becomes stable,” said Jawed.
“With the withdrawal of Americans, there is no excuse for Taliban to continue violence,” said Mohammad Arif, a resident of Bagram. “This war has no legitimacy.”
President Ghani on Friday visited the base and said a team should be assigned to appoint officials for the management of Bagram prison.
Afghan forces last week said they are looking into ways to effectively use the facility.
The evacuation of the US forces from Bagram Airfield has been accompanied with many questions as well as concerns.