With the United States’ exit from Afghanistan completed after 20 years of war, the Pentagon acknowledged on Tuesday that failed to evacuate all the Afghans he wanted take out of the country.
“We did not remove everyone we wanted to remove,” said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command, when asked specifically about this issue.
The last American flight departed from Kabul one minute before midnight Monday, Afghanistan time.
The Taliban after the United States’ exit from Afghanistan. Photo: AFP
“There is a lot of anguish associated with this game,” McKenzie said. “We didn’t get everyone we wanted to get out. But I think if we stayed another 10 days, we wouldn’t get everyone we wanted to get out, and there would still be disappointed people. It’s a difficult situation, “he added to ABC News.
“I want to emphasize that just because we have left, that does not mean that the opportunities for both the Americans who are in Afghanistan who want to leave and the Afghans who want to leave, they will not be denied that opportunity“, stressed the military
“I think our state department is going to work hard in the days and weeks to come,” McKenzie said.
U.S. Army Major General Chris Donahue of the 82nd Airborne Division was the last American service member to leave Afghanistan, according to General McKenzie
“On the last plane out there was General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and my commander on the ground, and he was accompanied by our charge d’affaires, Ambassador Ross Wilson, so they went out together,” McKenzie said in the Pentagon briefing.
US President Joe Biden last night thanked military commanders and service members for executing the “dangerous withdrawal from Afghanistan as scheduled,” in a statement issued by the White House.
“Over the past 17 days, we have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in history of the United States, evacuating more than 120,000 American citizens, citizens of our allies and Afghan allies of the United States, “said the president.
“They have done it with unparalleled courage, professionalism and resolve. Now our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended“, full.