The Wall Street Journal revealed that the United States is discussing options for deploying troops and military equipment in Central Asia and the Middle East, after the withdrawal of American and international coalition forces from Afghanistan in the coming months.
The American newspaper pointed out that the military commanders want bases for troops, drones, bombers and others to support the Afghan government, and to keep what it described as the Taliban insurgency under control and monitor “militants.”
US and military officials confirmed that the options being evaluated ranged from neighboring countries, distant Gulf states, and naval vessels.
According to the same source, the military and officials of the Biden administration, prefer Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which borders Afghanistan, where the two countries will allow rapid access; But officials said that Russia’s large military footprint in the region, the growing presence of China, as well as tensions with Moscow and Beijing complicate plans to establish bases in Central Asia.
According to US officials, no official requests have been submitted to establish bases in Central Asia yet, and the Pentagon is still evaluating the pros and cons, and the State Department and the White House are also involved in making the decision.
The newspaper quoted American officials as saying that the number of people that the State Department wants to keep in the US embassy with a cable has not yet been determined, although this number may reach a thousand Americans.
And last Tuesday, the US military announced that between 2% and 6% of the process of withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan had been completed.
Biden set September 11 as a deadline for withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan, as the Taliban insist on the withdrawal of foreign forces to end a 20-year war that cost Washington about $ 2.2 trillion and killed 2,400 soldiers, according to Brown University’s Costs of War Project.