Pakistani Forces Take Control of Shamsi Airbase

The U.S. military had been ordered to evacuate the base after the recent unprovoked airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers

Pakistani military forces have taken control over the Shamsi airbase in the country’s southwest after ordering U.S. forces and personnel to leave.

In response to the unprovoked U.S. airstrike on a Pakistani military outpost last week, Pakistan ordered the U.S. to vacate the Shamsi airbase, from which armed drones were stationed and took off for airstrike missions. Pakistan also closed vital NATO supply routes through Pakistan to occupying troops in Afghanistan.

American personnel at the base dismantled fiber-made residential barracks which had been built for U.S. forces. They also burnt some equipment, which has been reported as routine practice.

According to Pakistani officials, the base will now be operated by the United Arab Emirates after the complete U.S. evacuation.

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