The United States has completed its evacuation mission, and the Taliban will now take control of Kabul airport. The departure comes almost exactly 20 years after the US and allied troops invaded Afghanistan.
It marks the final departure of US troops from the country after almost 20 years of war. The planes took off one minute before midnight in Kabul, carrying the last US troops to leave the country.
"I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens," Central Command Commander General Frank McKenzie said.
McKenzie said US and coalition military aircraft had evacuated over 120,000 civilians during a two-week airlift following the Taliban’s seizure of power. But he did add: "We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out."
And US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said later that "under 200, likely closer to 100 Americans wishing to leave remain in Afghanistan after US withdrawal."
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