All U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan have lastly left the nation, with the final soldier to depart recognized because the commander of the U.S. Military 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps.
Main Gen. Chris Donahue was photographed because the final service U.S. service member to exit Afghanistan. In a handout offered by the U.S. Central Command, Maj. Gen. Donahue may be seen boarding a C-17 cargo airplane on the Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, marking the top of the U.S.’s longest conflict lasting 20 years.
The flight that took Donahue and the remaining U.S. troops out of Afghanistan additionally carried U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson. At a media briefing, U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie confirmed that “each single U.S. service member is out of Afghanistan, I can say that with absolute certainty.” The flight departed from the airport at 3:29 p.m. ET, McKenzie famous.
The XVIII Airborne Corps posted Donahue’s photograph on Twitter. “In awe of our Sky Dragon Troopers. This was an extremely powerful, pressurized mission stuffed with a number of complexities, with energetic threats the complete time. Our troops displayed grit, self-discipline and empathy,” the publish learn.
President Joe Biden mentioned in an announcement launched Monday afternoon that ending the navy mission in Afghanistan earlier than the anticipated due date of Aug. 31 was “one of the best ways to guard the lives of our troops” and to make sure the “prospects” of civilians who will evacuate the troubled nation within the coming weeks and months, CBS reported.
Considerations about Afghan allies nonetheless in Afghanistan have been on the rise over the previous weeks. McKenzie mentioned diplomatic efforts to assist evacuate the remaining Individuals and eligible Afghans who helped the U.S. navy over the previous years will proceed, Army Day by day information reported. Earlier estimates by the navy mentioned that only some hundred American civilians stay within the nation.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned the federal government is speaking with allies, citing Qatar and Turkey particularly, on how the Kabul airport can be reopened as shortly as potential to make sure the protected journey of these nonetheless wanting to go away Afghanistan, CNN reported. Blinken added that with the ultimate withdrawal of U.S. forces within the nation, “a brand new diplomatic mission has begun.” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned that as of Monday, greater than 122,000 individuals have been evacuated from the Kabul airport since July.
An the U.S. spent an estimated $2 trillion to construct up the Afghanistan navy and 1000’s of American troops had been killed over the previous 20 years within the nation. However the Taliban now controls most main cities in Afghanistan.