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US begins local withdrawal from Afghanistan

April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Gen. Austin Scott Miller, commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO's Resolute Support Mission, confirmed Sunday that the US has begun to withdraw troops from the country in local areas.

(CNN)Gen. Austin Scott Miller, commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO's Resolute Support Mission, confirmed Sunday that the US has begun to withdraw troops from the country in local areas.

Officially the notification date will be the first of May, but at the same time as we start taking local actions we have already begun that," Miller told reporters when asked at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, if the American withdrawal from bases had begun.

Miller also said that the US bases in Afghanistan will be given "primarily" to the Ministry of Defense and other Afghan forces, as well as some equipment.

Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, which includes the Middle East and Afghanistan, said Thursday that military planners are looking at ways to continue operations in the country following the withdrawal and in the short term bring in "additional resources" to support a safe draw down of troops.

Miller said he has spoken with the Taliban Political Commission and that he told them "a return to violence, an effort to force a military decision, would be a tragedy for Afghanistan and the Afghan people. "

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