Finally over: Taliban says last US planes have left Afghanistan
Gen. Frank Mckenzie, Commander, U.S. Central Command: “I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, and vulnerable Afghans”
Shannon Longworth: IT’S A MILESTONE NEARLY TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING.
THE PENTAGON CONFIRMED THIS AFTERNOON THAT THE LAST U-S TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN.
THE HEAD OF THE U-S CENTRAL COMMAND SAID THE FINAL PLANES LEFT JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT MONDAY, LOCAL TIME.
ACCORDING TO A TALIBAN GUARD — CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE ENSUED.
THE FINAL DEPARTURES COME JUST BEFORE PRESIDENT BIDEN’S DEADLINE
OF THE END OF THE MONTH TO GET ALL TROOPS OUT.
IT ALSO CONCLUDES A MAJOR EVACUATION MISSION THAT GOT MORE THAN
116-THOUSAND PEOPLE OUT OF AFGHANISTAN IN TWO WEEKS.
Gen. Frank Mckenzie, Commander, U.S. Central Command: “Tonight’s withdrawal signifies both the end of the military component of the evacuation, but also the end of the nearly 20-year mission, that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11th, 2001. It’s a mission that brought Osama Bin Laden to a just end, along with many of his Al-Queda co-conspirators.”
Shannon Longworth: IT COMES ON THE *SAME DAY* ISIS-K LAUNCHED ROCKETS INTO A KABUL
NEIGHBORHOOD — AND JUST A FEW DAYS AFTER A SUICIDE BOMBING KILLED 13 U-S SERVICE
MEMBERS AND NEARLY 170 AFGHANS.