US Completes Withdrawal from Afghanistan Ending 20 Years of Military Presence

US Completes Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Pentagon announced on Monday that the last US military plane took off from Kabul, ending the evacuation of all civilians and all troops that had remained in Afghanistan so far and the military presence in the Central Asian country for 20 years.

This was announced by the head of the United States Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, from the headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, where he specified that “tonight’s withdrawal means both the end of the military component of the evacuation as the end of the nearly 20-year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001,″ reported ABC News.

Although the military evacuation ended, McKenzie said he would continue “the diplomatic mission to ensure the departure of more eligible American and Afghan citizens who want to leave.”

UN Security Council calls on Taliban to guarantee “safe and orderly exit” from Afghanistan

The Security Council approved on Monday a resolution that asks the Taliban to guarantee a “safe and orderly exit” from Afghanistan, not to mention the “safe zone” proposed by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, while demanding” full access, safe and unhindered ”for humanitarian assistance.

The project, presented by France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Ireland, had 13 votes in favor and two abstentions – Russia and China – and calls on the Taliban to fulfill their commitments to continue the evacuations beyond the date. August 31 limit.

Also, as reported by DPA, the document requests that Afghanistan not become a haven for terrorists, while calling on the Taliban to respect the rights of women, children and minorities.

Kabul’s evacuation missions are hours away, and concern is growing about the future of people who have not been able to leave the country after the withdrawal deadline, especially in the face of fear of retaliation from the Taliban, who will they took control of the city two weeks ago. (Europa Press)