Around 7,000 non-U.S. forces from mainly NATO countries, but also from Australia, New Zealand and Georgia, outnumber the 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan but still rely on U.S. air support, planning and leadership for their training mission.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Brussels that it was time for NATO allies to make good on its mantra that allies went into Afghanistan together and would leave together.
"I am here to work closely with our allies, with the (NATO) secretary-general, on the principle that we have established from the start: In together, adapt together and out together," Blinken said in a televised statement at NATO headquarters.
ANTONY BLINKEN: This is an important moment for our alliance. Almost 20 years ago, after the United States was attacked on 9/11, together, we went into Afghanistan to deal with those who attacked us and to make sure that Afghanistan would not, again, become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us. And together, we have achieved the goals that we-- we set out to achieve.
And now it is time to bring our forces home. President Biden will speak to this in a few hours and in the United States. And I'm here to work closely with our allies, with the Secretary General, on the principle that we've established from the start-- "in together, adapt together, and out together."
We will work very closely together in the weeks and months ahead on a safe, deliberate, and coordinated withdrawal of our forces from Afghanistan. But even as we do that, our commitment to Afghanistan, to its future, will remain.
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