Afghan forces reportedly discovered US troops abandoned the Bagram Air Base – once the epicentre of America’s “War on Terror” – two hours after they left. The airfield has since been captured by the Taliban*, which seized control of the country on 15 August.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has lashed out at the Joe Biden administration for abandoning the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan last month before kick-starting the evacuation process in what proved to be a “catastrophic” decision.
Cruz is among a handful of Republicans who have blasted Biden’s decision to pull out troops from Bagram before the evacuation process started.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, for example, has called for Bagram Air Base to reopen after a suicide bomber attack at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport killed 13 US troops and over 170 civilians on Thursday.
He called the shutdown of the base “the biggest mistake” in the mayhem that the US troop withdrawal has caused in Afghanistan.
Graham’s sentiment was echoed by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasses who appealed to Biden as commander-in-chief to “either rip up the 31 August deadline and defend evacuation routes – by expanding the perimeter around the Kabul Airport or by retaking Bagram – or leave our people behind in your retreat.”