NBC News reports:
The United States has finished its evacuation efforts from Kabul’s airport, the Pentagon said Monday, effectively ending America’s longest war. As of early Monday, Western forces evacuated 1,200 people out of the Afghan capital on 26 military cargo aircraft flights in a 24-hour period, according to the latest figures from the White House. Since the mass evacuations began on Aug. 14, approximately 116,700 people have been airlifted out of Afghanistan.
About 122,300 people have been evacuated since the end of July, including about 5,500 U.S. citizens and their families. On Monday, as many as five rockets were intercepted by U.S. missile defenses near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the site where U.S. forces are sprinting to carry out final evacuation flights since the Taliban gained control of the country two weeks ago.
BREAKING: US has completed efforts to evacuate remaining civilians and troops from Afghanistan, effectively ending the longest war in American history, Pentagon says. https://t.co/Qjvcggcryy
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 30, 2021
Pentagon announces the last plane carrying US forces has left Afghanistan, capping a 20-year war. pic.twitter.com/A8Ht3TiDUj
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 30, 2021
— Department of Defense 🇺🇸 (@DeptofDefense) August 30, 2021
With the last US planes having left Afghanistan, the Pentagon announces the end of America’s longest war.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 30, 2021