Now as the United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan ending 20 years of its military presence.
President Joe Biden says the world will hold the Taliban to their commitment to allow safe passage for those who want to leave Afghanistan. foreign forces departure from Afghanistan marks the end of a fraught chaotic and bloody exit from the years longest war nearly 2 500 years troops and an estimated 240 000 of guns lost their lives in the war. That cost some two trillion dollars.
The U.S embassy in Kabul has suspended operation saying it will continue to assist American citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar. More than 1,22,000 people have been airlifted out of Kabul since 14th of August the day before the Taliban regained control of the country. Two decades after being removed from power by the U.S led invasion in 2001.
The withdrawal was announced by general Frank McKenzie who told the Pentagon briefing that the chief of the U.S diplomat in Afghanistan Ross Wilson was on the last c-17 flight out. He said,
“Good afternoon everyone! I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan in the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens third country nationals and vulnerable afghans.”
The last c-17 lifted off from Hamad Karzai international airport on August 30. This afternoon at 3:29 pm East Coast time secretary of state Antony Blinken vowed that the Biden administration will keep up relentless efforts or evacuations. Antony Blinken said fewer than 200 U.S citizens were believed to have remained in Afghanistan speaking at the state department. He also said the Taliban have to earn international legitimacy and support.
We will stay focused on counter-terrorism. The taliban has made a commitment to prevent terrorist groups from using Afghanistan as a base for external operations that could threaten the United States or our allies including Al-qaeda and the Taliban sworn enemy ISIS k here too. They will hold them accountable to that commitment after the last U.S aircraft left Kabul. They fired celebratory shots as they took control of the airport. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said America has been defeated and it did not achieve all its objectives.
However he said the Taliban want good relations with the whole world including the United States. Shortly before the U.S withdrawal, the U.N security council adopted a resolution requiring the Taliban to let people freely leave Afghanistan. But the measure did not include a safe zone mentioned by French president Emmanuel Macron.