As the final US forces depart Afghanistan, Taliban fighters celebrate ‘defeating’ Joe Biden.
As the final US military soldiers left Afghanistan, celebratory gunshots rang out over Kabul Friday evening.
The last C-17 military transport aircraft left Kabul this evening, according to US Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie. As soon as the news broke, other videos appeared on social media purporting to depict Taliban insurgents celebrating the arrival of America’s department 20 years ago.
“Nearly two decades ago, a US-led invasion ousted the #Taliban,” a BBC journalist in Kabul tweeted. The final US forces appear to have left a country under #Taliban control in the last hour.”
The plane was the last of many to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport after a tumultuous airlift that began on August 14th, the day before the Taliban took control.
Over 122,000 people have departed the country in that time.
Gen McKenzie stated this evening that the US mission in the country, which began in 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has come to an end.
Ross Wilson, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, was on the last C-17 flight out.
“Tonight’s pullout marks the conclusion of both the military component of the evacuation and the almost 20-year operation that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001,” General McKenzie stated.
“It was a mission that brought Osama Bin Laden and many of his al Qaeda associates to justice.
“A total of 2,461 US service men and civilians were killed, with over 20,000 injured.
“Unfortunately, this includes 13 US service men who were slain by an ISIS suicide bomber last week.”
“Today, as we recall their tremendous accomplishments, we honour their sacrifice,” he continued.
“No words from me could possible describe the full extent of those who served’s sacrifices and triumphs, let alone the feelings they’re experiencing right now, but I’m happy that both my kid and I were a part of it.”
After rockets were fired at Kabul’s airport, US anti-missile defenses intercepted them.
According to two US sources, 6,000 Americans have fled, including “core” diplomatic workers.
Initial reports from as many as five missiles fired on the airport did not show any American deaths, according to a US official.
The rocket assaults were claimed by the Islamic State.
US President Joe has set a deadline for troops to depart tomorrow. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”