Photos: Afghan forces move in to Kabul's Bagram Air Base

  • Bagram Air Base, hub of US forces in Afghanistan for 20 years until they withdrew last week, buzzed again with activity on July 5 as Afghan forces settled into the vast premises, complete with its runways, barracks, control towers and hospital.
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST
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An Afghan soldier plays a guitar that was left behind after the American military departed Bagram air base, in Parwan province north of Kabul, Afghanistan on July 5. American troops handed the base over to Afghan security forces to bring an effective end to the longest war in US history, following an agreement with the insurgent Islamist Taliban last year.(Rahmat Gul / AP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

An Afghan soldier plays a guitar that was left behind after the American military departed Bagram air base, in Parwan province north of Kabul, Afghanistan on July 5. American troops handed the base over to Afghan security forces to bring an effective end to the longest war in US history, following an agreement with the insurgent Islamist Taliban last year.(Rahmat Gul / AP)

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An Afghan man rests in his shop as he sell US second hand materials outside Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, on July 5.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)
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An Afghan man rests in his shop as he sell US second hand materials outside Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, on July 5.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)

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A member of the Afghan security forces walks in the sprawling Bagram air base after the American military departed, in Parwan province on July 5. “They (Americans) are completely out now and everything is under our control, including watchtowers, air traffic and the hospital,” a senior Afghan government official told Reuters.(Rahmat Gul / AP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

A member of the Afghan security forces walks in the sprawling Bagram air base after the American military departed, in Parwan province on July 5. “They (Americans) are completely out now and everything is under our control, including watchtowers, air traffic and the hospital,” a senior Afghan government official told Reuters.(Rahmat Gul / AP)

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An empty bed is seen inside a clinic at the Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. Journalists on July 5 visited the heavily fortified compound, long a symbol of Western forces deployed to shore up the Afghan government against the Taliban's campaign to regain power after being toppled by a US intervention in 2001.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

An empty bed is seen inside a clinic at the Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. Journalists on July 5 visited the heavily fortified compound, long a symbol of Western forces deployed to shore up the Afghan government against the Taliban's campaign to regain power after being toppled by a US intervention in 2001.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)

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An Afghan security forces member keeps watch as he sits on an army vehicle in Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. Outside the walls of the vast base, things are not as serene. The Taliban have ramped up offensives against Afghan government forces across the country, particularly in the north where insurgents have gained territory rapidly.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

An Afghan security forces member keeps watch as he sits on an army vehicle in Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. Outside the walls of the vast base, things are not as serene. The Taliban have ramped up offensives against Afghan government forces across the country, particularly in the north where insurgents have gained territory rapidly.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)

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A forklift carries a vehicle in Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. On July 4, hundreds of members of the Afghan security forces fled to refuge in neighbouring Tajikistan.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

A forklift carries a vehicle in Bagram air base, after American troops vacated it, in Parwan province on July 5. On July 4, hundreds of members of the Afghan security forces fled to refuge in neighbouring Tajikistan.(Mohammad Ismail / REUTERS)

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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers carry stretchers inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, some 70 Kms north of Kabul on July 5. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government remain inconclusive, and many fear the country could descend into a full-blown civil war once again.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers carry stretchers inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, some 70 Kms north of Kabul on July 5. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government remain inconclusive, and many fear the country could descend into a full-blown civil war once again.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)

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An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier take a selfie with his mobile phone inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, on July 5. Neighbourhoods and markets in the shadow of the base are left ruing the past and bracing for what comes next.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier take a selfie with his mobile phone inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, on July 5. Neighbourhoods and markets in the shadow of the base are left ruing the past and bracing for what comes next.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)

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General view of the runway tarmac inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, on July 5. “It is not a problem for us if there are foreign forces (here) or they leave, but the fact that the Taliban are taking over districts at any moment affects our work,” Wasim Shirzad, a shopkeeper told Reuters.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)
Published on Jul 06, 2021 04:58 PM IST

General view of the runway tarmac inside the Bagram air base after all US and NATO troops left, on July 5. “It is not a problem for us if there are foreign forces (here) or they leave, but the fact that the Taliban are taking over districts at any moment affects our work,” Wasim Shirzad, a shopkeeper told Reuters.(Wakil Kohsar / AFP)

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