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Trump says wanted to keep Afghanistan's Bagram Base under US control after withdrawal

Washington, Nov 29 (UNI/Sputnik) Former US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that while planning the country's military withdrawal from Afghanistan, he intended to keep the large Bagram air base under US control because of its close proximity to Chinese nuclear facilities, media reported on Monday.
"I was going to leave [Afghanistan], 21 years - that was enough. And I had it down to 2,500 troops and I was going to keep Bagram because of China, not because of Afghanistan. Because they're one hour away from their nuclear nuisance, because that's exactly what it is, that's where they make their nuclear [weapons]," Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
The former US president believes that now that Bagram is out of US control, China is interested in taking over the air base.
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