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On August 30, US Army Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, boarded a C-17 transport aircraft as the last US serviceman to leave Hamid Karzai International Airport. from Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sputnik is live from the White House as President Joe Biden delivers a speech on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the nearly 20-year war, which has cost the country more than $ 2 trillion dollars and the lives of more than 2,350 military personnel.

America will work in coordination with its international partners to ensure the safe passage of anyone wishing to leave Afghanistan, Biden said following the announcement that the United States has completed its withdrawal.

On August 30, the US Department of Defense confirmed that the country’s nearly 20-year presence in Afghanistan ended when the last Boeing C-17 Globemaster took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul at around 3:29 p.m. , eastern time.

The Taliban * entered the Afghan capital on August 15, ending a months-long offensive and leading to the fall of the US-backed government. The seizure of power forced thousands of Afghans to seek a way out of the country for fear of reprisals from the militants. Thousands of Afghans continue to try to break into Kabul airport every day in the hope of leaving the country by plane.

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US President Biden delivers speech on ending the war in Afghanistan

* The Taliban is a banned terrorist organization in Russia and many other countries.

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