The Americans have completed the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan, it was reported at the Pentagon press conference on Monday. The last US soldiers left Kabul almost exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which initiated the invasion of Afghanistan, the Reuters agency points out.
The Pentagon’s conference by US Central Command General Frank McKenzie took place after the last US troops sent to Afghanistan to evacuate US citizens and Afghan associates departed Kabul. – The last (plane) C-17 took off from the international airport. Hamid Karzai on August 30 this afternoon at 3:29 PM EST[ie21:29Polishtimeand23:59Afghantime-announcedthecommander[tj21:29czasupolskiegoi23:59czasuafgańskiego-oznajmiłdowódca
The evacuation was carried out from mid-August, when the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. The White House reported that more than 116,000 people have been flown from Kabul by airlift since then.
On Sunday, President’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan assured that the Americans and the US Afghan allies would be able to safely leave Afghanistan after US troops had left the country. US chief of diplomacy, Antony Blinken, assured Washington had sufficient leverage to ensure that the Taliban would keep its promise on the matter.
Taliban ready to take over Kabul airport
On Sunday, the Taliban said they were ready to take over the Kabul airport. “We are awaiting the last signal from the Americans to ensure full control of the Kabul airport,” one senior Taliban official told Reuters. He assured the Taliban that the Taliban had a team of technical experts and highly qualified engineers ready to take over the airport.
On Saturday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said the airport seizure would take place “shortly” after the withdrawal of US forces and the announcement of the full composition of the Taliban government in the coming days. The Mujahid explained that governors and police chiefs in almost all provinces of Afghanistan have already been appointed.
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