U.S. troops prepare for withdrawl from Afghanistan

Soldiers unemployed

BAGRAM AIRBASE, Afghanistan—U.S. troops in Afghanistan have begun packing up equipment to come home.

Personnel, along with contractors, began taking apart military vehicles in Bagram Airbase Monday.

Brig. Gen. Steven Shapiro, with the U.S. Army, said, “We are right now at the beginning of the process. The President made the announcement in the State of the Union and so right now we have a plan. And so units are starting to come in right now to drop off their property and starting to go home right now. We think we’ll see a bigger surge at the end of the summer but we are very confident that we have got the processes in place to do this.”

The job’s a huge logistical challenge because of all the equipment that has accrued there in ten years of war.

U.S. combat troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014.