On Monday, the last American jet left Kabul, ending the country’s longest war, a frantic sprint that left the Biden administration tottering.
Anthony Brinken, Secretary of State, stated that hundreds of Americans are still in Afghanistan, “probably close to 100”, and will be evacuated.
“The last plane wheels are up. “The war is over,” said a senior U.S. defense official. Tell newsweek.
Many people asked President Biden to authorize secret missions of rescue for those trapped in Afghanistan. According to the organization Pineapple Express volunteers have launched their own rescue missions. Wall Street Journal.
General Frank McKenzie Jr. is the commander of US Central Command. He stated that the last US C-17 departed Hamid Karzai Airport at 3:29 p.m. Eastern Time (11:59 p.m. Kabul time).
Mackenzie declared, “The last manned aircraft has cleared the skies over Afghanistan.”
In a written statement President Biden stated that the military had conducted the largest ever American airlift, expelling more than 120,000 Americans, as well as citizens of allies and American Afghan allies. They are unmatched. They have shown courage, professionalism, and determination. Our 20-year-old military presence in Afghanistan has ended.
He stated that he would address all of the nation on Tuesday afternoon.
While the US military has been fighting Taliban for the majority of the past twenty years, they are now adapting to militants controlling the country.
Mackenzie, speaking at a Pentagon press conference on Monday, stated that he believes Kabul will be difficult for Taliban to secure its safety over the next few days due to threats from the Afghan branch Islamic State.
The United Nations Security Council, divided, is also asking the Taliban to keep their promise to allow people to leave Afghanistan after the United States leaves.
China and Russia opposed the resolution, calling it a shift of blame for the chaos that surrounded the U.S. withdrawal.
According to the Associated Press, celebratory gunfire broke out in Kabul on Tuesday morning as the Taliban celebrated the US withdrawal.