The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan late Monday, ending America’s longest war and closing a chapter in military history, hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline for shutting down a final airlift.
Announcing the completion of the war effort and the two weeks risky airlift of tens of thousands of Afghans, Americans and others seeking to escape Taliban control, the U.S. Head of the central Command General Frank McKenzie said the last planes took off from Kabul airport a minute to midnight in Afghanistan.
Also speaking on the final pullout, the U.S. Secretary of States Antony Blinken said America has begun a new chapter in which it will deploy diplomacy to engage with Afghanistan.
He said the U.S. Will henceforth oversee its diplomatic operations with Kabul from its mission base in Doha, Qatar and also sustain
humanitarian aid to the Afghan people through independent organisations, like UN agencies and Non-governmental organisations.