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Last US troops leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years

Last US troops leave Afghanistan after nearly 20 years

Washington, Aug 31 (Prensa Latina) After 20 years of occupation, a military C-17 carried the last US troops out of Afghanistan on Monday, marking the formal and of the longest war in US history.

Pentagon announced on Monday the end of US troops in Afghanistan in the very few hours to meet the deadline set by President Joe Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan.

Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of the US Central Command, reported that the mission to evacuate US people, third-country nationals and vulnerable Afghans was concluded, after the seize of power by the Taliban.

The last C-17 military plane took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday, August 30, at 7:29 pm GMT, McKenzie said.

It marks the failure of the US war action that cost $2 billion and nearly over 2,000 US soldiers killed in action.

However, McKenzie in his statement ignored this issue and focused on the number of evacuees in last 18 days, as they assisted as many as 79,000 civilians to embark, including 6,000 US citizens.

The United States invaded Afghanistan after the 11/9 terror attacks, because the Taliban supposedly gave refuge there to Al-Qaeda terrorist group, responsible for the attacks.

At that time, the US forces and NATO allies failed to defeat the Taliban or establish a democracy at their convenience, on the contrary, they fueled the spread of extremist Islamist groups.

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