America has introduced the tip of its 20-year-old battle in Afghanistan because the final American army flight flew out of the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport in Kabul shortly earlier than the August 31 deadline.
“I’m right here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the tip of the mission to evacuate Americans, third nation nationals and weak Afghans,” US Central Command Commander Marine Corps Basic Frank McKenzie instructed reporters via a digital information convention.
“Each single US service member is now out of Afghanistan,” McKenzie mentioned, saying the formal finish of America’s longest battle, lower than a fortnight earlier than the twentieth anniversary of the September 9/11, by which Al Qaeda terrorists blew up the dual towers in New York.
The terrorist strike pressured the US to enter Afghanistan and overthrow the Taliban rule who then had offered protected havens to the Al Qaeda management.
The Taliban rule was overthrown and changed by US-backed Afghans, who dominated the nation for 20 years, throughout which a number of normal elections had been held. That rule was overthrown by the Taliban on August 15 when the president Ashraf Ghani abruptly fled the nation and the three,00,000 Afghan armed forces troops skilled by the US gave up with none struggle.
The Taliban, which now’s the ruling energy in Afghanistan, welcomed the departure of the US troops from the nation.
“Congratulations to all our compatriots and our pricey nation and Mujahideen: Right this moment, all international forces left our pure and martyr land,” the Taliban mentioned in a tweet in Persian.
Particular US Consultant for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad mentioned in a tweet, “Our battle in Afghanistan is over. Our courageous Troopers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen served with distinction and sacrifice to the very finish. They’ve our enduring gratitude and respect.”
“With the departure of our army & these of the various companions who stood with us, Afghans face a second of choice & alternative. Their nation’s future is of their fingers. They’ll select their path in full sovereignty. That is the possibility to convey their battle to an finish as properly,” he mentioned.
“The Taliban now face a take a look at. Can they lead their nation to a protected & affluent future the place all their residents, males & ladies, have the possibility to achieve their potential? Can Afghanistan current the wonder & energy of its numerous cultures, histories, & traditions to the world?” he mentioned in one other tweet.
Gen McKenzie mentioned no American civilian was within the final flight.
“Whereas the army evacuation is full, the diplomatic mission to make sure further US residents and eligible Afghans, who wish to go away, continues. Tonight’s withdrawal signifies each the tip of the army part of the evacuation, but in addition the tip of the practically 20-year mission that started in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001. It’s a mission that introduced Osama bin Laden to a simply finish, together with lots of his al Qaeda co conspirators,” he mentioned.
“And it was not an inexpensive mission. The fee was 2,461 US service members and civilians killed and greater than 20,000 who had been injured. Sadly, that features 13 service members who had been killed final week by an ISIS-Okay suicide bomber. We honor their sacrifice right now as we bear in mind their heroic accomplishments,? McKenzie mentioned.
President Joe Biden had set a deadline of August 31 for the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan.
Republican Nationwide Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel mentioned the ?failed? withdrawal from Afghanistan has left many Individuals behind.
“Joe Biden left Individuals behind. His choice to trigger this catastrophe and abandon Individuals and our pursuits proves what all of us already knew. Joe Biden is incapable of serving as Commander in Chief and the US and the world are much less protected due to him,” she mentioned.
“As Biden makes an attempt to take a victory lap on his failed Afghanistan withdrawal, Individuals stay stranded behind Taliban strains. To the women and men of America’s armed forces and their households, Individuals will all the time honor the sacrifice that you just and your family members made for our nation,” McDaniel mentioned in an announcement.