July 14, 2024

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Last U.S. Troops Leave Afghanistan After Nearly 20 Years

WASHINGTON—A U.S. armed service C-17 carried the past American troops out of Afghanistan on Monday, marking the formal conclusion of the longest war in U.S. history but leaving involving 100 and 200 People and tens of 1000’s of America’s Afghan allies to face a foreseeable future of uncertainty and danger.

The closing U.S. withdrawal arrived one moment before the Aug. 31 deadline set by President Biden, an exit below the persistent menace of terrorist attacks that presently had claimed the lives of 13 American assistance associates and extra than 200 Afghans, who have been killed in a suspected Islamic Condition suicide bombing at the Kabul airport on Thursday.

Irrespective of assurances to the opposite by Mr. Biden and other leading administration officials, People and Afghan allies have been remaining at the rear of, though the Condition Section could not offer specific figures.

The U.S. previously Monday mentioned it was functioning to assist hundreds of People nonetheless there. Advocacy groups mentioned as a lot of as sixty,000 Afghan interpreters, motorists and other folks who assisted the U.S. armed service, CIA and U.S. diplomatic personnel in excess of the several years, together with their people, remain in the region, at risk of retribution from the Taliban.

The past U.S. armed service personnel departed Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Intercontinental Airport on a C-17 Globemaster cargo plane at 3:29 p.m. Japanese time, or 11:59 p.m. Kabul time, Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command mentioned Monday.