After a two-decade military presence in Afghanistan, the United States ended its withdrawal from the Asian country this Tuesday (31/8, Afghanistan time).
According to General Frank McKenzie, “every American military is now out of Afghanistan.”
General Chris Donahue boarded a C-17 cargo plane and became the last soldier to leave Afghanistan.
Since the Taliban Islamic fundamentalist group took power in Asia in mid-August, 123,000 civilians have been expelled from Afghanistan by the United States, McKenzie added. The withdrawn persons are from the United States, Afghanistan or a third nation.
The Taliban and Washington held talks on August 31 as the deadline for the Americans to leave.
The U.S. withdrawal was made by Taliban members and allies in the capital, Kabul, where heavy gunfire was heard and street celebrations were held.
The US diplomatic mission in the capital has also been closed and the office for Afghanistan-related affairs in Doha, Qatar is expected to be partially relocated.
The United States launched its military offensive in Afghanistan in October 2001, following the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York, planned and carried out by al-Qaeda, a militant group based in Afghanistan.
On Monday, McKenzie told the United States that these two decades of spending were “high”, with more than 2,400 Americans dying on the job since 2001.
In these 20 years, more than 800,000 military personnel and 25,000 civilians have passed through US service through Afghanistan.
All four U.S. presidents waged war.
George W. Bush sent US troops into Afghanistan in 2001 after the September 11 attacks in New York. His successor, Barack Obama, handled the conflict in both his terms, recognizing the strong increase in the presence of military personnel in the Asian country.
Donald Trump then promised to bring these Americans back to the United States and signed an agreement with the Taliban. Carrying out this retreat fell to Joe Biden, which ended in the mass exodus we had been watching for the past two weeks.
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