Fewer than 200 Americans left behind in Afghanistan, Secretary of State says
President Joe Biden will address the nation following the US withdrawal from a 20-year war in Afghanistan, after the last US troops left Kabul on Monday evening.
The country’s longest war – in which nearly 50,000 Afghan civilians, 2,500 US servicemen and thousands of Afghan servicemen, police and Taliban fighters have been killed – “is over,” the president said in a press release on August 30.
Its senior military officials believed that “ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops and ensure the prospects of civilians leaving for those who wish to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months to come” , he added.
At home, the president approved federal disaster assistance and sent emergency response following the devastation of Hurricane Ida in southeast Louisiana, where thousands of homes were damaged by the storm now dissipated, leaving more than a million homes without electricity.
The president promised the federal government to “stand by you and those of the Gulf people for as long as it takes for you to recover,” he said on Monday.
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The last US forces have left Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war launched in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks
The United States’ longest war claimed the lives of nearly 50,000 Afghan civilians, 2,500 American servicemen, 66,000 Afghan servicemen and police, 457 members of the British armed forces and 50,000 Taliban and opposition fighters.
It was a war overseen by four US presidents, waged by two generations of Americans, and estimated to cost $ 2 trillion. It ended with the defeat of a superpower by an army of guerrillas and the collapse within days of a decades-long state-building project.
The independentRichard Hall at the start of the end of the 20 Years War:
Alex woodwardAugust 31, 2021 4:05 PM
National Security Advisor “Committed” to Bringing Out Remaining Americans
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC Hello america Tuesday that the United States “will take out anyone who wants to go out,” when about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan and want to leave, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“We are continuing our mission to get them out, it’s just that it has gone from a military mission to a diplomatic mission,” Sullivan said. “The few that remain, we pledge to come out and we will work through all diplomatic means available with the enormous influence that we have and that the international community has to make it happen.”
Between 5,500 and 6,000 Americans have been evacuated, while those who remain have been contacted “several times” to get to the airport or point of contact, he said.
Alex woodwardAugust 31, 2021 4:04 PM
Biden to deliver speech on withdrawal from Afghanistan
The president will address the nation to affirm his commitment to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline.
He will speak at 2:45 p.m. EST.
In a statement on Monday, he said: “I will address the American people on my decision not to extend our presence in Afghanistan beyond August 31. For now, I will point out that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and all of our ground commanders to complete our airlift mission as planned. Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops and ensure the prospects of civilians leaving for those who wish to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months to come.
Alex woodwardAugust 31, 2021 4:02 PM
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