The US military has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan to end a brutal 20-year war — a war that began and ended with the hard-line Islamist Taliban in power, despite billions of dollars spent rebuilding it. conflict-ravaged country.
“I am here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American civilians,” US General Kenneth McKenzie told reporters in Washington time on Monday.
“Tonight’s withdrawal marks both the end of the military component of the evacuation and the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001.”
The last flight left at 1929 GMT on Monday — just before the start of Tuesday in Kabul, he said.
The withdrawal came before the end of August 31, the actual deadline set by President Joe Biden to recall America’s longest war — a war that ultimately took the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. servicemen. Biden said he would address the nation in Washington on Tuesday.
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