The last American soldier left Afghanistan. This was stated at a briefing at the Pentagon by the head of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM), whose area of responsibility includes the Middle East, General Kenneth Mackenzie, reports TASS…
The military leader added that acting ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson left the country on the last evacuation flight. At the same time, according to him, despite the completion of the evacuation, Washington will continue to try to take out the compatriots remaining in the country. At the same time, the American aviation regulator issued a statement stating that Hamid Karzai International Airport is not under anyone’s control. It turned out that the air harbor had completely come under the control of the radical Taliban movement (banned in Russia).
Mackenzie praised the Taliban, who actually seized power in Afghanistan. According to him, the militants established a security perimeter around the Kabul airport in the days of the evacuation of the US military from the Islamic Republic.
“They were very helpful and helpful when we were completing our activities. They helped us secure the airport, it wasn’t perfect, but they tried very hard, ”he said. “The help from the radical movement was significant.” At the same time, Mackenzie noted that he could not say what will be the further coordination between the Taliban and the United States.
died during the years of the US mission in Afghanistan
Over the nearly 20 years of its presence in Afghanistan, the United States has lost 2,461 American military and civilians. More than 20,000 US citizens were injured. McKenzie stressed that this was not an “easy mission.”
A few days before the end of the mission, the terrorist organization Islamic State (IG, banned in Russia) staged a series of terrorist attacks in Kabul. In particular, as a result of two explosions at the airport gates, 200 people were killed and about a thousand were injured. Among the dead were civilians, Afghans, Taliban and 13 American troops. The United States has not suffered such one-time losses in Afghanistan since 2011.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced that Afghanistan has become fully independent with the departure of the last American soldier. “Our country is finally free,” he said. In turn, the representative of the Qatari political office of radicals Mohammad Naim congratulated the Afghan people on the end of the foreign military presence in the country.
Simultaneously with the news of the completion of the evacuation of the Americans, the Taliban began to celebrate this event. War correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda, Aleksandr Kots, posted a video of members of the movement firing machine guns into the air. According to eyewitnesses, the shooting was heard in various streets of Kabul.
On August 30, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution by Britain, France and the United States, which calls on the Taliban to ensure free and safe exit for Afghans and foreigners from Afghanistan. 13 countries voted for the resolution, Russia and China abstained.
Later, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, explained Moscow’s position. According to him, the authors of the document ignored Russia’s “fundamental concerns”. The diplomat noted that, despite the fact that the resolution was adopted against the background of a monstrous terrorist attack, its drafters categorically refused to mention the “Islamic State” (IG, banned in Russia). Nebenzya stressed that Moscow sees this as “unwillingness to recognize the obvious and the desire to divide terrorists into friends and foes.”
On August 17, Russia named the main mistakes of the United States in Afghanistan. In particular, Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov pointed out that the United States in many ways repeated the mistake of Great Britain and the USSR, which tried to “suppress” Afghanistan. In his opinion, it was not clear what exactly the US military was doing. “Do you remember what their operation in Afghanistan ultimately boiled down to? The troops guarded themselves. They were afraid to go beyond the fences of their garrisons, because the Taliban guerrillas practically caught and destroyed them. So they were doomed, ”the politician said.
The difference between the withdrawal of Soviet and US troops from Afghanistan, according to Dzhabarov, is that the Soviet contingent left behind factories, schools and kindergartens. American servicemen flew away, leaving people to fend for themselves.