US Could Slow Pullout From Afghanistan: Pentagon
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jun, 2021 ) :The US military could slow down its withdrawal from Afghanistan due to the gains made by the Taliban insurgents, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Monday.
"If there needs to be changes made to the pace, or to the scope and scale of the retrograde, on any given day or in any given week, we want to maintain the flexibility to do that," he said.
"We're constantly taking a look at this, every single day: what's the situation on the ground, what capabilities do we have, what additional resources do we need to move out of Afghanistan and at what pace.
" "All of these decisions are literally being made in real time," he added.
At the time of Biden's order around 2,500 US troops and 16,000 contractors, mostly US citizens, were in the country. The Pentagon has already turned over several of its key bases to government security forces, and has removed hundreds of cargo plane-loads of equipment.
"But as the retrograde gets closer to completion, those capabilities will wane and will no longer be available."