Taliban gunmen shoot rifles into the air as they commemorate the departure of the last US jet from Afghanistan.
TALIBAN fighters were seen and heard firing their weapons into the skies as the last US plane flew out of Afghanistan, with a BBC witness reporting tracer rounds and applause reverberating around Kabul.
After the final surviving US troops withdrew from Kabul, gunfire could be heard booming over the city, eliciting celebrations from the Taliban. The US operation ended on August 31, with all US soldiers leaving Afghanistan, bringing an end to a two-decade battle that saw the Taliban reclaim control of the country. As missiles shot into the night sky and billions of dollars worth of US military equipment was left behind in the rush to leave the nation, BBC Foreign Correspondent Lyse Doucet was on the ground.
“The weapons are going off, you can see the streams of red lights behind me, the tracer fire going up into the night sky,” Ms Doucet told BBC News from Kabul.
“We heard American jets hovering above the city all day, flying low as if the last American flights were going off and providing extra cover in these final hours…
“And this is what you’re hearing right now: Taliban supporters in Kabul firing celebratory gunfire.”
Major General Chris Donahue was the final US service personnel to leave the nation, according to the US Department of Defense.
Despite calls to extend the deadline, President Joe Biden went forward with the pullout on August 31, despite the fact that many personnel and billions of dollars in military assets were left behind.
Taliban troops entered Kabul Airport shortly after the US jets left, seizing equipment that had been left behind, including a fleet of helicopters and weaponry.
The pullout, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, marks the start of a “new chapter” with Afghanistan, since diplomatic offices will be based in Doha, Qatar.
“The last C-17 lifted off on 30 August at 3.29pm (EDT), and the last manned aircraft is clearing the airspace above Afghanistan now,” stated Gen McKenzie, director of US Central Command.
Since the mission began in mid-August, over 120,000 US citizens and Afghan allies have been evacuated, and refugees are now resettling around the world.
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