The Pentagon has rejected the claims that the US military had abandoned dozens of military service dogs at Kabul airport amid its chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan after 20 years.
According to a Defense Department spokesman: “The U.S. priority mission was the evacuation of U.S. citizens, SIV, and vulnerable Afghans. However, to correct erroneous reports, the U.S. military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, to include the reported ‘military working dogs.”
He further clarified that the photos circulating online were of animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the foreign troops.
Earlier, photos were emerged on social media, claiming that US-trained military dogs had been left at Kabul airport along with high-tech arms and ammunitions.
It is interesting to note that there were footages present all over social media which showed the military dogs being evacuated from Kabul airport nearly two weeks ago.
US withdrawal from Afghanistan
After 20 years of war and occupation, the US withdrew its forces from Afghanistan on Tuesday, leaving Taliban in power.
” They (Americans) could not achieve their goal through military operations [….] We do not have any doubt that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is a free and sovereign nation,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
The development came when the head of the US Central Command, Marine General Frank McKenzie announced the departure of last American troops sent to evacuate US citizens and Afghans.
Describing it as a “tough situation”, the US official said they did not get everybody out that the US wanted to get out as August 31 was set as a deadline for US withdrawal earlier this year.
However, the US claimed to have evacuated more than 122,000 people since the mid of August.
Declaring war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after securing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.