The Pentagon this Monday announced the end of their evacuation from the nation of Afghanistan, the end of the United States military presence in the country after almost 20 years.
Central Command Commander Marine General Frank McKenzie said in a briefing this Monday that the last United States Military plane left the Hamid Karzai International Airport, where the evacuation was done.
“I am here to report the completion of our total withdrawal from the nation of Afghanistan, and the close of the mission to evacuate Americans, third-country nationals, and other vulnerable Afghans,” he stated.
“The last C-17 took off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Aug. 30 around 3:29 p.m. and the last aircraft is now leaving the airspace over Afghanistan,” he said.
“Tonight’s withdrawal brings to an end the military component of our evacuation, but also the close of our 20 year mission that started in Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks,” he said.
The evacuation was due to stop August 31.
McKenzie admitted that hundreds of Americans were currently left behind in the country.
“I believe our State Dept. is working very hard to allow any Americans who are left — and we believe the citizens that were not evacuated to number in the very low hundreds,” he stated.
He called the American evacuation mission the “largest non-combatant evacuation in the United States military’s history” and a “monumental achievement.”
He said since Aug. 14, over a 18-day period, the United States military aircraft took out over 79,000 civilians from the Afghan airport, including 6,000 American citizens and over 73,500 third-country nationals and Afghans. He said combined with coalition nations, over 123,000 civilians were evacuated.
The mission did not end without American casualties. Thirteen United States military members were killed this past Thursday after what seemed to be an ISIS suicide bomber went to the gate of the airport and blew himself up. Around18 more were wounded.
Biden has been greatly criticized by the withdrawal from Afghanistan and its terrible management. The deaths of American service members is an especially damaging blow to the Administration.
Author: Scott Dowdy