Within hours of the US withdrawal from Bagram — the largest airbase in Afghanistan and the long-time hub of America’s longest war — looters rolled in.
The looters stole laptops and gas canisters from the base, said Darwaish Raufi, a district administrator for Bagram.
Raufi said the US withdrawal from the base was done overnight and not in coordination with local officials.
Typically bases are turned over between military forces when the new troops are able to, at a minimum, secure the perimeter. That the base was so easily ransacked following the US pullout doesn’t bode well for Afghanistan’s future.