The American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is more than 95 percent complete, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on Tuesday.
“US Central Command estimates that we have completed more than 95% of the entire withdrawal process,” CENTCOM stated in a release, Sputnik reported.
President Joe Biden has noted that he expects the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to be completed by August 31. However, the official deadline was set for September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States that sparked the war.
The Defence Department recently transferred leadership of the US troops in Afghanistan to CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie. Defence officials have announced McKenzie will retain the same authorities as his predecessor, including the ability to direct airstrikes against the Taliban or against other threats.
The Taliban movement has been gaining ground in Afghanistan and now controls 85 percent of the country.