The Pentagon declined to provide more precise data for security reasons.
The US military presence in Afghanistan is steadily shrinking, according to military strategists, who declined to say the number of troops remaining in the country.
The US Central Command announced that the “withdrawal process” is 6-12 percent complete. More than 100 aircraft loaded with equipment took off from Afghanistan, and 1,800 weapons were handed over for destruction.
At the same time, the Central Command and the Pentagon, citing security concerns, refused to share information about how many of the 2500-3500 American troops remain in Afghanistan.
“We have a responsibility to keep our people safe,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
“We must assume that this retreat will take place in the face of enemy opposition,” he added. “It would be irresponsible of us to assume anything less.”
The US has sent operational formations of army rangers to Afghanistan to protect the outgoing US and coalition troops. They also sent six B-52 long-range bombers and 12 F-18 fighter-bombers to the region. In addition, the deployment of the Dwight Eisenhower carrier strike group in the northern Arabian Sea was extended to provide additional firepower if necessary.