KABUL: The least remaining of the U.S. Forces late Monday left the Kabul- Hamid Karzai International Airport, ending its longest or so-called endless war in Afghanistan.
The U.S. secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin said that Washington put an end to this war with the evacuation of civilian personnel, Afghans at risk and complete U.S. troops withdrawal.
“The end of this operation also signals the end of America’s longest war. We lost 2,461 troops in that war, and tens of thousands of others suffered wounds, seen and unseen. The scars of combat don’t heal easily, and often never heal at all,” Austin said in a tweet.
This comes as thousands of Afghan local workers, who supported the foreigner missions in Afghanistan, are still stranded, fearing their uncertain future.
Meanwhile, a video rounding up on social media shows that the Taliban fighters celebrating the U.S. forces’ exit via aerial gunfire.
“Tonight (Monday night) at 12 am of Afghanistan, the last American soldier left Afghanistan and our beloved country reach an absolute independence,” said, a member of the Taliban political office, Suhail Shaheen.
The U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken said that the U.S. diplomatic mission was suspended in Afghanistan. End of military presence opens a new chapter of the U.S. deal with Afghanistan. He said that the U.S. will continue withdrawing local allies after the exit of its troop.
Citing America’s end of military presence in Afghanistan, the U.S. special envoy for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad said that the future of Afghanistan is in the hands of Afghans.
“Our war in Afghanistan is over. Our brave Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen served with distinction and sacrifice to the very end. They have our enduring gratitude and respect,” he said in a series of tweets.