CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie announces that the 20-year U.S. mission in Afghanistan that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has ended with the withdrawal of remaining troops that were on the ground to aid the evacuation efforts over the past two weeks. He reported it during a briefing.
Over the nearly 20 years of its presence in Afghanistan, the United States has lost more than two thousand people.
The last C-17 military cargo aircraft departed Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday afternoon Eastern time, according to U.S. Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, completing a massive evacuation effort that flew more than 116,000 people out of Afghanistan over the past two weeks.
McKenzie, who oversees U.S. military operations in the region, said the Taliban did not have direct knowledge of the U.S military’s time of departure, adding that commanders on the ground “chose to keep that information very restricted.”
“But they were actually very helpful and useful to us as we closed down operations,” McKenzie said of the Taliban.
“We were not able to bring any Americans out; that activity probably ended about 12 hours before our exit. Although we continue the outreach and would have been prepared to bring them on until the very last minute, but none of them made it to the airport,” McKenzie said.
As reported before, Taliban movement has promised 98 world countries, including Ukraine, to provide safe movement and departure from Afghanistan of their citizens and representatives from local citizens.