American troops began withdrawing from Afghanistan as part of the Biden administration's plan to fully leave the war-hit country after 20 years of conflict, CNN reported Thursday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft, the report said, citing several US defense officials.
President Joe Biden announced earlier this month that the US would withdraw all of its forces by Sept. 11 -- the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that prompted the American military operation.
According to the same officials, contractors and US government workers are also departing, said the network.
Deployment of foreign troops began in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, when the US, together with the UK, launched Operation Enduring Freedom. They were joined by 43 NATO allies and partners after the UN authorized an International Security Assistance Force on Dec. 20, 2001.
Currently, there are 9,592 troops from 36 nations stationed in Afghanistan. The US tops the list with 2,500 soldiers.
The US has deployed an aircraft carrier to the region to quickly deploy warplanes in the event American troops come under attack from the Taliban.