Last Troops Exit Afghanistan, Ending America’s Longest War
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America's longest war and closing a sad two-decade chapter in military history.
In the past few weeks of the roughly 5,000 remaining American troops, about 1,100 of them were soldiers with the Minnesota National Guard, many of whom are from central Minnesota.
It's likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of 13 service members, some barely older than the war.
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken says 'under 200, likely closer to 100' Americans wishing to leave remain in Afghanistan after US withdrawal.
The last U.S. Air Force evacuation flight from Kabul airport Monday marked the end of a frantic effort to get out Americans, Afghans and others desperate to escape the Taliban's return to power 20 years after they were ousted in a U.S.-led invasion.
More than 2,400 Americans lost their lives in the long war.