A CNN correspondent accredited to the Pentagon stated that three C-17 aircraft had left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, which suggests “the end of the American presence in Afghanistan.”
CNN: The Pentagon: More than 122,000, including 5,000 Americans, have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
Oren Lieberman wrote on Twitter: “Three C-17s have just left Hamid Karzai International Airport, respectively.” The time is now midnight in Kabul. This step may be a declaration of the end of the American presence in Afghanistan.”
A US official confirmed last week that President Joe Biden had approved the Pentagon’s recommendation to stick to the August 31 withdrawal date from Afghanistan, based on fears that US forces would be attacked.
Since April 30, the Biden administration has implemented a large-scale operation to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, which it invaded 20 years ago, in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, allowing the militant Taliban movement to extend its control over most of the country, including the capital, Kabul.
The White House announced the evacuation of about 6000 Americans from Afghanistan so far, while the US Department of Defense announced that more than 122,000, including 5,400 Americans, had been evacuated.