Washington/Kabul. America has completely withdrawn from Taliban-occupied Afghanistan after 20 years. Before the deadline, American soldiers in Afghanistan returned to their compatriots in C-17 aircraft. US President Joe Biden said that America’s 20-year military presence in Afghanistan is over. President Biden made this announcement a few hours after the withdrawal of all US troops. He said- ‘Now our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan is over.’ Biden thanked the armed forces for leaving Afghanistan. Biden said he would address the nation on Tuesday.
On the other hand, in Kabul, American General Frank McKenzie announced a complete withdrawal. He told the Pentagon at a briefing that Ross Wilson, the chief US diplomat in Afghanistan, was on the last flight. Washington and its NATO allies were forced to make a hasty exit after the Taliban took over. They have left behind thousands of Afghans who helped Western countries and now they may need to leave. McKenzie said many Americans could not board the final flights because they could not reach the airport on time.
More than 100 Americans still in Afghanistan
Let us tell you that since August 14, a day before the Taliban took control, more than 122,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul. The US has suspended its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan and will carry out diplomatic work from Qatar. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday- ‘The US Embassy in Kabul will remain empty. Diplomats posted in Afghanistan will work from Qatar.
“A new chapter in America’s engagement with Afghanistan has begun,” Blinken said. In this we will lead with our diplomacy. He said that more than 100 Americans are still in Afghanistan who wanted to leave. We are trying to find out their exact number. More than 6,000 Americans have been evacuated.