The 20-year US military presence in Afghanistan is over. The pinnacle of US Central Characterize, Gen Kenneth McKenzie, introduced factual after midnight Tuesday morning, 31 August, that the final flight out of Kabul become as soon as ‘now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan’. ‘Tonight’s withdrawal signifies both the cessation of the military deliver of the evacuation, but moreover the cessation of the almost 20-year mission that started in Afghanistan quickly after September 11 2001,’ he stated.
United States secretary of exclaim Antony Blinken stated in a speech a pair of hours later that a ‘novel chapter’ with The USA’s engagement with Afghanistan had begun. ‘It’s one by which we are able to lead with our diplomacy. The military mission is over,’ he stated.