- General Kenneth McKenzie added that US forces in Afghanistan conducted the largest civilian evacuation in American history
- Together with the coalition forces, more than 123,000 people were evacuated. Persons
- The general added that the United States would continue “difficult negotiations” with the fundamentalists to allow the remaining US citizens in Afghanistan, third countries and US Afghan allies to leave the country.
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“I am here to announce the end of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens,” General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the commander of US Central Command, announced at a Pentagon news conference.
– Over the course of 18 days, we have evacuated more than 79 thousand. Person, including more than 6 thousand. We and the Americans have enabled the evacuation of more than 123,000 people. People secured the airport – said the general.
He added that the last civilians left the airport about 12 hours before the last American plane landed, but it failed despite the efforts made to bring the last American citizens to the airport at that time.
The United States will continue the “difficult negotiations” with the Taliban
The commander of US Central Command estimated that there are about 2,000 people in Afghanistan. ISIS operatives, most of whom were released from prisons during the Taliban attack.
The general said, referring to the Taliban’s emptying of prisons: “This will be a great challenge for the Taliban (…) They will reap what they sow.”
McKenzie also noted that US military cooperation with the Taliban was “practical” and effective, and that the Taliban had made great efforts to secure the airport. He added that the United States would continue “difficult negotiations” with the fundamentalists to allow the remaining US citizens in Afghanistan, third countries and US Afghan allies to leave the country.
– We wanted to evacuate everyone, but the situation did not allow it. (…) I think we did a good job – McKinsey evaluation.
Evacuation of people from Afghanistan
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday that Hamid Karzai in Kabul is now denied air traffic control services. The last plane of the American forces has already departed from this airport.
Earlier this month, the US military said it had taken control of air traffic in Kabul to facilitate the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement on Monday that aircraft landing in Kabul or operating in Afghan airspace should exercise “extreme caution.”
Taliban control Kabul airport
On Sunday, the Taliban said they were ready to take control of Kabul airport after evacuating civilians and completing US forces. They have made sure that they have a team of technical experts and skilled engineers ready to take over the airport.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid also said on Saturday that the capture of the airport would take place “soon after” the withdrawal of US forces and the announcement of the full formation of the Taliban government in the coming days.
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