The United States has announced the end of its 20-year-old war in Afghanistan as the last American military flight flew out of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul shortly before the August 31 deadline. More than 114,000 people have been airlifted from Kabul airport in the past two weeks as part of the US effort.
“Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended,” US President Joe Biden said, thanking armed forces for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled — in the early hours of Tuesday (August 31) — with no further loss of American lives.
Reacting to this, Taliban fighters fired guns into the sky, celebrating their victory and independence after 20 years of US military presence. “I cannot express my happiness in words, our 20 years of sacrifice worked,” Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban fighter stationed at Kabul International airport said.
Former president Donald Trump said that never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as by Americans from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council, under India’s Presidency, adopted a resolution demanding that the Afghanistan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter and train terrorists.
The resolution said that it expects that the Taliban will adhere to commitments made by it regarding the safe, secure, and orderly departure from Afghanistan of Afghans and foreign nationals. The Council adopted the resolution proposed by France, the UK and the US with 13 Council members voting in favour and Russia and China abstaining.