Lloyd Austin on US Troops Withdrawal From Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has said that the US operation in Afghanistan is complete and that his department is focusing on “getting its people and equipment out of the country”. US President Joe Biden announced in April that all US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11 this year. During the hearing on the budget proposal, Austin told the Parliament’s Armed Services Committee that the US had pulled out a lot of its equipment from Afghanistan.
He said, ‘We are doing a lot of things right now. Intelligence, surveillance and military survey missions are being sent from the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), many of our warplane operations are being conducted from the Gulf. The Defense Minister said that the process of withdrawing all American troops will continue till September 11 (Lloyd Austin on US Troops Withdrawal From Afghanistan). Austin said, ‘The President clearly believes that our campaign in Afghanistan is complete. We are focusing on getting our people and equipment out. Further our efforts against terrorism will be focused on those extremists who can attack our country.
America will continue to support the government
In response to a question, he said that the US wants to have a good and meaningful relationship with the people of Afghanistan even after the withdrawal of troops. “We will ensure that we continue to provide funding to his army and continue to support his government,” he said. This support is also important in that the government is able to function and the influence of the army remains intact (Terrorism in Afghanistan). Our campaign against terrorism is focused on al-Qaeda and we are confident that we will have the authority to continue the campaign.
CIA director went to Pakistan
Biden has requested $3.3 billion for the Afghan Security Forces fund in his annual budget proposal. Recently there was news that America wants to build a military base in Pakistan to keep an eye on Afghanistan but Pakistan is not ready to give its approval. William Burns, the director of the US intelligence agency CIA, also secretly visited Islamabad to discuss the same matter (CIA Director in Pakistan). After which some officials of Pakistan said that they have refused to give the airbase. However, there is not much clear about what Pakistan has actually said.