US halts operations from Shamsi Air Base


WASHINGTON: An American TV has claimed that US had halted all operations from the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan, an airport which was given to American forces for use after 9/11 and drone attacks were launched from the base on targets in the tribal areas.

A senior Pakistani intelligence official told the US TV that U.S. military personnel have left the base said to be a key hub for American drone operations in the country’s northwestern tribal areas.

It is the Shamsi Air Base in Balochistan province, from which drones are said to take off and where they are refueled for operations against militants.

Another senior Pakistani intelligence official, who did not want to be identified discussing a sensitive issue, confirmed that the Americans had been using the base as a center of operations for launching drone strikes. He was not able to confirm the Americans had left.

While the first official was able to confirm that American personnel were no longer operating out of the base, he could not say whether they had left voluntarily or at the request of the Pakistani government.

It was not clear from the Pakistani officials when the presence there began or when it ended.


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