US Base Attacked by Rockets As Troops Begin Final Withdrawal from Afghanistan
Rockets were launched by the Taliban at a base housing U.S. troops over the weekend in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The attack comes as U.S. forces have just started their final withdrawal from the country.
Tensions have been high in the region as the previously agreed upon May 1st withdrawal deadline passed. The Biden administration pushed the date back to September 11, 2021.
Hours after the attack America’s top general, Gen. Mark A. Milley, warned of “bad possible outcomes” in the country once all U.S. troops have been withdrawn.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesman Army Col. Sonny Leggett stated that there were no deaths or injury from the latest attack.
More details via American Military News:
Following the attack, Leggett warned that the U.S. still has the capabilities to respond to Taliban attacks, even as troops leave the country. “A return to violence would be one senseless & tragic.” Leggett tweeted, quoting Miller. “But make no mistake, we have the military means to respond forcefully to any type of attacks against the coalition and the military means to support the Afg security forces. That would be a mistake to move in that direction.”
Many fear that the rocket attack may be a sign of more violence ahead in the region.
The next several months will likely be chaotic as the U.S. pulls out the remaining 3,500 or so troops in the region.
However, once the withdrawal is complete, top Pentagon commanders think the situation may potentially get much worse.
It is estimated that the Taliban already controls about half of Afghanistan.