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Press Release | July 27, 2021

Update on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan July 26, 2021

USCENTCOM

TAMPA, Fla  –  

July 27, 2021
Release Number 20210727-04
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command provides the following update on the orderly and responsible withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, as of 10 a.m. on July 26, 2021.

Since the President's decision, the DoD has retrograded the equivalent of approximately 984 C-17 loads of material out of Afghanistan and have turned nearly 17,074 pieces of equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency for disposition. The 17,074 pieces of equipment comprise almost entirely federal excess personal property. Most of this equipment is not defensive articles or considered to be major equipment.

Also, the U.S. has officially handed over seven facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.

During a visit to Kabul on July 25, Gen. Frank McKenzie, Commander, U.S. Central Command provided an update on the U.S. military’s continuing assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the ANDSF.

“The United States has increased airstrikes in the support of Afghan forces over the last several days, and we're prepared to continue this heightened level of support in the coming weeks if the Taliban continue their attacks,” said McKenzie. “I reassured the government that we are continuing to provide airstrikes in defense of ANDSF forces under attack by the Taliban, contract logistics support both here in Kabul and over-the-horizon in the region, funding for them, intelligence sharing, and advising and assisting through security consultations at the strategic level.”

The withdrawal process continues; U.S. Central Command estimates that we have completed more than 95% of the entire withdrawal process.