The US military completely abandoned one of its major bases in Afghanistan, “slipping away in the night” without notifying the Afghan commander who was taking over.
Bagram Air Base, north of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, has been the main centre of US military operations in the country for most of the past two decades.
On Friday, US officials said the base had been vacated and handed over to the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces.
But the withdrawal reportedly took America’s Afghan allies by surprise.
The Associated Press has revealed the Americans shut off the base’s electricity on their way out around 3am, and the complex was then raided by a “small army” of looters before the Afghans realised what had happened.