The U.S. military in Afghanistan says it is spending $83 million to upgrade its two main air bases at Bagram and Kandahar.

The commander of U.S. air forces in the war-torn country, Brigadier General James Hunt, told a news conference in Kabul Monday the money will be spent to improve vital facilities at the two bases.

He said the military has been continuously improving runways, taxiways, navigation aids, airfield lighting, and other facilities.

The U.S.-led coalition has more than 17,000 troops in Afghanistan, mostly in the south and southeast, where the remnants of the ousted Taleban regime are most active.

Afghan leaders say they want a long-term strategic partnership with the United States, and Washington has expressed interest in having permanent bases in Afghanistan.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.