The United States may redeploy the troops that it is withdrawing from Afghanistan to the countries of Central Asia, but there are no relevant agreements so far, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.
As the newspaper notes, the United States needs bases to deploy not only the military, but also drones, bombers and artillery to support the Afghan government and contain the militants of the radical Taliban. Representatives of the US government and the defense ministry said that the neighboring countries of Central Asia, the Persian Gulf states, as well as individual ships of the Navy are considered as possible places for the future deployment of troops.
A number of military personnel and representatives of the administration of US President Joe Biden believe that the deployment of troops in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan would be the best solution. They noted that these countries border on Afghanistan, which allows you to quickly get to this Middle Eastern state if necessary. However, they believe that it is difficult to deploy troops in these two countries due to Russia's large military presence in the region and the growing influence of China, the newspaper reports.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal wrote that the US allies in Europe asked the American side to postpone the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden said that the United States has completed its mission in Afghanistan and will begin to withdraw troops from the country from May 1.
In 2020, the United States and the radical Afghan Taliban movement signed a peace agreement for the first time in more than 18 years of war. According to the agreements, American troops are to leave Afghanistan by May 1. The administration of the new US President Joe Biden announced its intention to revise the agreements with the Taliban.