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United States announces completion of withdrawal from Afghanistan


A crew prepares to load evacuees onto a plane in support of the evacuation from Afghanistan at Hamid Karzai International Airport August 21 in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Taylor Crul / US Air Force / Getty Images)

The US military carried out the “largest non-combatant evacuation” in military history in the past 18 days starting August 14, said General Frank McKenzie, the Command’s highest general on Monday. central American.

In 18 days, the US military evacuated 79,000 civilians from Hamid Karzai International Airport, he added.

Of the 79,000 evacuees, including 6,000 Americans and more than 73,000 Afghan and third-country civilians, McKenzie said.

“The latter category includes special immigrant visas, consular staff, at-risk Afghans and their families,” he said.

“In total, US and coalition planes combined to evacuate over 123,000 civilians who were all authorized by US military service members who were securing and operating the airfield,” Mckenzie said.

During the evacuation mission, the US military evacuated “more than 7,500 civilians” on average over the 18 days, including 19,000 in a single day during the mission, McKenzie said.

“The numbers I have provided represent an accomplishment, but they do not do justice to the determination, courage, flexibility and professionalism of the men and women of the United States military and our coalition partners who have were able to quickly combine their efforts and evacuate so many in such difficult conditions, “he said.

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