The last U.S. Military plane carrying evacuees out of Afghanistan has taken off and is almost out of Afghanistan airspace, ending the U.S. Military’s presence in Afghanistan, even as an unclear number of American citizens remain trapped behind enemy lines.
General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., the Commander, United States Central Command (CENTCOM), said at a press conference that the Biden administration was still in the process of trying to get American citizens out of Afghanistan, even though the U.S. now no longer has a presence there.
Gen. McKenzie: "I'm here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan & the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals, & vulnerable Afghans. The last C-17 lifted off from [HKIA] this afternoon at 3:29 East Coast Time." pic.twitter.com/GSF0ZrSgKC
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 30, 2021
Department of Defense spokesman John Kirby said at a press conference earlier in the day that the Biden administration does “not anticipate a military role” in the effort of trying to get additional U.S. citizens out of Afghanistan.
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