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Last U.S. Planes Leave Kabul, Ending 20-Year War In Afghanistan

The United States has withdrawn the last of its military out of Kabul, officially ending the country’s 20-year war in Afghanistan.

The departure of the last U.S. military flights puts an end to the country’s withdrawal that was rushed by the Taliban’s quick takeover of Afghanistan and threatened by a suicide attack that the Islamic State’s affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for and that killed 13 U.S. service members and nearly 200 Afghans.

More than 120,000 people have been evacuated since Aug. 14, becoming one of the largest airlifts in history, though the increasing danger to Kabul’s airport resulted in some Americans and thousands of Afghan allies left behind. The Pentagon said there were no non-military Americans on the last military flights, and that it believes the number of Americans left in the country is in the “very low hundreds.”

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