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Impending closure of US base at Bagram spurs Afghan army recruiting to hold the airfield

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Stars and Stripes, 7 June 2021

U.S. and NATO forces are expected to hand over Bagram Airfield to the Afghan military in about 20 days, or by the end of this month. Local officials have also been told to help the military find recruits to defend Bagram, he said. The base’s transition to the Afghan military is ongoing.  

A garrison of 1,500 troops should be enough to help secure the base after the U.S. and NATO leave, says an Afghan recruiter.