US Central Forces (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, USAof AfghanistanTo announce the completion of his 20-year occupation of US Department of Defense (Pentagon) appeared in front of the cameras with his spokesman, John Kirby.
McKenzie said, “At the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens and vulnerable Afghans, I am here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan. The last C-17 aircraft took off from Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30 at 3:29 PM US East Coast time and arrived in the country. The last remaining manned aircraft are currently withdrawing from the airspace over Afghanistan.” used the phrase.
The process of ending the US occupation
On February 29, 2020, the US administration committed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, as part of the agreement with the Taliban in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
However, Joe Biden, who took office as the President of the USA on January 20, 2021, announced that the withdrawal would not reach the May 1 deadline, and then announced that the withdrawal would be completed by the anniversary of September 11.
Besieging the capital Kabul, the Taliban took control of the city without conflict after President Ashraf Ghani left the country on 15 August.
Explaining that all military activities in Afghanistan have been completed, McKenzie said, “This was not a cheap mission. A total of 2,461 American soldiers died and more than 20,000 were injured, 13 of them in the Daesh bomb attack last week.” said.
Stating that they evacuated 123 thousand people during the 18-day withdrawal period, McKenzie said, “The reception of American citizens to the airport for evacuation was stopped 12 hours before the departure of the last plane, so we could not bring the Americans who tried to arrive at the last minute.” used his statements.
They left the rockets and helicopters
McKenzie, who also gave information about the equipment at the airport, said that some equipment was brought, while others were left there after being rendered unusable.
General McKenzie stated that the C-Ram anti-rocket guns used to prevent rocket attacks on the airport on Sunday were active until the last moment, but those weapons were rendered unusable and left there with the withdrawal.
Regarding the other equipment they left at the airport, McKenzie used the following statements:
“We left many MRAP vehicles. About 70 MRAPs, these are no longer usable by anyone. We left 27 tactical HUMVEE vehicles unusable. In addition, we left 73 aircraft that will never be able to fly again.”
Stating that they did not hand over the Kabul airport to the Taliban, but they coordinated with the Taliban during the withdrawal, McKenzie noted that he did not foresee any future coordination with the Taliban.
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