US to establish office in Qatar to support Afghan Forces after Pullout

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday has announced to create a security cooperation office in Qatar with Brig. Gen. Curtis Buzzard as its head to support the Afghan national defense forces, Defense Department spokesman John Kirby said, according to reports by Sputnik.

“The Secretary also approved the establishment of US Forces-Afghanistan Forward to be led by Navy Rear Admiral Peter Vasely, where Admiral Vasely’s command will be based in Kabul, and will be supported by Brigadier General Curtis Buzzard, who will lead the Defense Security Cooperation Management Office-Afghanistan. That office will be based in Qatar, and will administer funding support for the Afghan national defense and security forces to include over the horizon, aircraft maintenance support,” Kirby said.

The rest US presence in Afghanistan will be paying attention on protecting the US diplomatics in the country, aiding security requirements at the Kabul airport, advising and assisting the Afghan national defense and security forces and helping counterterrorism endeavours, Kirby added.

Kirby on Friday, confirmed that Washington withdrew its forces from the Bagram Air Base, the largest facility of its kind in Afghanistan, that was hosting US forces since the beginning of the discord in 2001. It is also a base to the main prison Parwan Detention Facility, which holds individuals detained by US forces in the country.

A Taliban spokesperson praising the move, said that it was a positive step in the interests of both the US and Afghanistan that will help in achieving peace and security in the country.

At the direction of US President Joe Biden, the US forces have withdrawn from the country. The withdrawal is likely to be completed by the end of August, with a deadline set for September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that had triggered the US invasion of the country.

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