KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – A Taliban guard at Kabul’s airport says the last U.S. planes have flown out after 20 years of war. Hemad Sherzad says five planes departed around midnight. Celebratory gunfire erupted across the Afghan capital early Tuesday. The U.S. confirmed the withdrawal of its last troops, which was due to take place by a self-imposed Tuesday deadline….
American forces working under heightened security and the threat of another attack are racing to complete the evacuation from Kabul’s airport, the day after a suicide bombing at the gates wrote a devastating final chapter to the war in Afghanistan.
Russian officials says twin suicide bombings have struck outside Kabul’s airport, killing at least 13 people. Western nations had warned earlier in the day of a possible attack at the airport in the waning days of a massive airlift.
President Joe Biden says he will stick with his Aug. 31 deadline for finishing a U.S.-led evacuation of Americans, at-risk Afghans and others from Afghanistan.
Biden says he faced a choice between following an agreement to withdraw or sending thousands more U.S. troops for a “third decade” of war.
President Joe Biden says the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31. He says “speed is safety” as the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war.