The aircraft will join the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the task. The Pentagon spokesman did not rule out the possibility of sending more reinforcements to the region to strengthen the operation.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Friday the dispatch of two additional B-52 bombers to the Gulf to protect the withdrawal of international coalition forces from Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.
In this way, the aircraft will join the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier, already doomed to the task.
The Defense Secretary "approved some additional measures today," John Kirby said during a press conference. The USS Eisenhower will remain in the region "for a while," while the two B-52s have already "arrived," he added.
The spokesman did not rule out the possibility of sending more reinforcements to assist in the vast logistical withdrawal operation of some 2,500 US soldiers, as well as more than 16,000 civilian contractors and their equipment.
In addition, some 7,000 NATO soldiers rely heavily on the US military for the transport of troops and equipment. "It is reasonable to assume that there could be additional temporary measures to protect the force," the spokesman added, noting that while more sophisticated armored vehicles will be evacuated by air, others will be handed over to the Afghan army.
Heavy bombers, called "Stratofortress," which can carry nuclear weapons, are often installed in Qatar, where the US military has a large base.
On April 14, President Joe Biden announced that his administration set a deadline for completing the operation on September 11, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers and catalyze the military offensive.
"We went to Afghanistan for a horrible attack that happened 20 years ago. That does not explain why we should continue there in 2021, "said the president in a speech broadcast from the" Treaty Room "of the White House, from where then-President George W. Bush announced his start.
The first phase of the plan will start on May 1. The president indicated that the departure "will not be hasty" but will be done in a "responsible, deliberate and safe manner, in absolute coordination with our allies. I think our presence in Afghanistan should focus on why we went in the first place: to make sure that Afghanistan is not used as a base to attack our homeland. "We are working towards that goal," he said.
Shortly after Biden's announcement, the NATO countries confirmed in their own statement to begin withdrawing their own troops.
Germany has already announced that it will "synchronize" its withdrawal with that of the United States. "We have always said it: we go in together, and we go out together. I favor an orderly withdrawal, and I assume that we will decide so today," said German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The United Kingdom will also do the same with the 750 soldiers who remain stationed there.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared that the national forces are "fully capable" of defending the country. Still, not a few voices predict that the Taliban will try to seize all power as soon as Washington's military cover disappears.
The Kabul government, with international support, weakly controls only some parts of the country, while the insurgents have been growing stronger in recent times.