In an announcement sent out on Monday, the Pentagon stated that the U.S. war in Afghanistan has officially ended as of 3:29 ET on August 30, 2021, as the remaining flight of U.S. troops has finally taken off from Kabul’s airport which marks the end of a 20-year stint of U.S. military presence in the Country.
The U.S. war in Afghanistan ended at 3:29 ET on August 30, 2021, the Pentagon announces.
— Ginger Gibson (@GingerGibson) August 30, 2021
The United States officially went to war over in Afghanistan back in 2001 in the wake of a group of al Qaeda terrorists hijacked and crashed commercial planes into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Another hijacked airplane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania as the passengers and crew attempted to try and retake the plane from the terrorist hijackers. As reported, 19 terrorists killed 2,977 people with the vast majority of them being Americans.
The U.S. then invaded Afghanistan later on in 2001, throwing out the Taliban-controlled government and fracturing al Qaeda, and forced its leaders to take to hiding. Back in 2011, the United States killed the leader of al Qaeda and the supposed mastermind behind the 9-11 attacks, Osama bin Laden. As seen over the course of the war, the U.S. lost 2,461 service members, which includes the 13 soldiers who fell in the line of duty in another terror attack just this past week.
In the years following the death of bin Laden, the U.S. pushed support behind a burgeoning Afghan government and proper up its military against attacks from the Taliban rebels and terror cells. Old Uncle Joe put out a statement announcing an end to the war earlier this year in April, stating his insane intent to pull out all U.S. troops out of the country by the 11th of September. He revised the deadline, making it a shorter one by changing the date to August 31st just this past month.
These last few weeks of the withdrawal from Afghanistan have become cascadingly more chaotic until the final evacuation flight took off from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday. The U.S. has managed to evacuate just shy of 100,000 individuals from the country in the final weeks of the war. At the end of the war, the Taliban have reportedly been solidifying their new rule of Afghanistan and Al Qaeda has reportedly started rebuilding, which has been worrying American officials that the terrorist group just might grow strong enough to carry out a more focused string of attack aimed at the United States.
There are still hundreds of American citizens, along with several thousand Afghans and their families who had worked with the U.S. military, who are believed to still be stuck in Afghanistan in the wake of the United States failure to evacuate them by Uncle Joe’s self-imposed deadline. In the days walking up to the complete withdrawal, Uncle Joe maintained the claim that the United States “stands by its commitment” to its Afghan allies and promised to evacuate all Americans.
“We’re going to do everything — everything that we can to provide safe evacuation for our Afghan allies, partners, and Afghans who might be targeted if — because of their association with the United States,” stated Biden on August 20th. “But let me be clear, any American who wants to come home, we will get you home.”