Last US military plane leaves meeting 8/31 deadline

In this satellite photo taken by Planet Labs Inc., abandoned and disabled vehicles and aircraft are seen at Kabul’s international airport after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 31, 2021.
PLANET LABS INC., AP
After 20 years of war that left nearly 2,500 American troops dead and spanned four presidencies has now came to an end as the last US military plane carrying the US soldiers has left Afghanistan.
After the last US plane withdrawal Taliban officials walked across the sole runway at Kabul’s airport and celebrated their victory, hours after the last U.S. military plane departed, which marks the end of America’s longest war.
“The world should have learned their lesson, and this is the enjoyable moment of victory,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a livestream posted by a militant, according to the Associated Press.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday the U.S. wants the Taliban to re-open the airport to commercial service soon so that about 100 Americans and Afghans at risk for helping the U.S. mission can leave safely if they choose.
With soldiers gone now the safety of remaining Americans and Afghans who worked with the US or with allied forces solely depends on diplomatic pressure not on the US military might anymore.
No option for us,” one Afghan who worked for an American project said in a message to USA TODAY on Monday. “Just hide.”

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