After 2 decades and after the overthrow of the Taliban: The Pentagon announced last night (Monday) that the last US military plane has left Afghanistan – thus completing the American withdrawal. In Afghanistan, celebrations and airstrikes by the Taliban are reported at Kabul Airport.
U.S. Central Command chief Kent McKenzie has announced the completion of the withdrawal. “The U.S. military plane evacuated more than 123,000 civilians. We evacuated more than 6,000 U.S. civilians from Kabul, the vast majority of whom wanted to leave.” According to Mackenzie, the last flight from Kabul left 12 hours ago – thus completing the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Despite this, after the official announcement, General Kenneth Mackenzie confirmed that the United States had not been able to evacuate all American citizens from Afghanistan. It is estimated that about 250 Americans remained in Afghanistan, and according to him, they were unable to reach the airport.
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In addition, U.S. President Joe Biden issued a statement after the withdrawal was completed in which he wrote that he “thanked the commanders for the soldiers who took part in the mission.“ The president tomorrow will deliver a special speech to the nation, in which he will explain his decision not to extend the deadline. Both He concluded with a prayer in memory of the 13 soldiers killed in the attack on Thursday.
US Secretary of State Blinken said a new chapter in America’s ties with Afghanistan had begun, adding: “The US will continue its unremitting efforts to help Americans, Afghans and others leave Afghanistan if they so choose.” Blinkan also announced that “aid to Afghanistan will not flow through the Afghan government, but through independent agencies.“
Following the announcement of the completion of the US withdrawal, a Taliban spokesman declared Afghanistan’s independence and “liberation of the country from US occupation” as he put it. At the same time, in Afghanistan, Taliban operatives began celebrating and firing into the air to mark the occasion. Documents from the state showed the organization’s operatives shooting and shouting for joy at the American withdrawal.