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After 20 years US forces leave Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

On Monday, the US declared that it had finished the removal of its troops from Afghanistan, nearly 20 years after invading the country in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Since August 14, the day before the Taliban reclaimed control over the country; more than 122,000 people have been allowed to fly out of Kabul.

According to Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, at a Pentagon media briefing, Ross Wilson, the top US diplomat in Afghanistan, was on the last C-17 flight out. The emergency migration concluded ahead of a Tuesday final deadline by President Joe Biden, who acquired his previous leader, Donald Trump’s withdrawal of troops agreement with the Taliban and announced earlier this year to accomplish the withdrawal of forces.

A senior Taliban official declared, “We have made history,” as celebratory gunfire rang out across the Afghan capital following the withdrawal of the last US troops. “Once again, we made history. Anas Haqqani, a senior official in the Taliban movement said in a tweet that the U.S and NATO’s 20-year invasion of Afghanistan finally ended tonight”. “I am overjoyed that after 20 years of jihad, hardships, and difficulties, I am able to witness these iconic moments.”

The U.S and its Western allies raced to protect their precious citizens, along with personnel, local embassy staff, civil rights activists, journalists, and other Afghans facing retaliation. The rescue efforts became even more dangerous on Thursday, when a suicide bombing asserted by the militant IS group, an enemy of both the West and the Taliban killed 13 US service personnel and millions of Afghans waiting at the airport gates.

Biden, who has faced harsh criticism at home and overseas for his actions, offered after the Kabul airport strike that he would track down those personally accountable. President Biden set a deadline for all troops to exit on Tuesday, achieving an agreement signed with the Taliban by his previous model, Donald Trump, to end the US’s longest war. However, having failed to predict the Taliban’s quick takeover of the country, Washington and its NATO allies were forced to leave the country.

The US and its allies have carried out the biggest international exit in history, helping to bring 114,000 of their own citizens and Afghans who assisted them during the 20-year war in Afghanistan, but they’ll still abandon millions of Afghans behind who assisted Western countries and may have eligible for departure. Two US officials announced on Monday morning that the “core” diplomats had left.

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