AMERICA’S longest war came to an end late on Monday amid calls to impeach Joe Biden after a number of US citizens were left behind.
Officials had been forced to admit some Americans were still in the country after the last plane left just before midnight local time.
And that news sparked fierce rebuke from a number of lawmakers who called on the president to resign or face impeachment.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham said his former friend had
“ignored sound advice” and has “been this way for 40 years..”
He said Biden had committed a “dereliction of duty” in leaving “hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines.”
Graham also said the move “مهجور” ال “thousands of Afghans who fought honourably along our side.”
Gen. Frank McKenzie had said the last planes took off from Kabul airport at 3:29 مساء. Washington time, or one minute before midnight in Kabul.
He acknowledged that some Americans – likely between 100 و 200 – were still in أفغانستان.
الأكثر قراءة في الشمس
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US would work with Afghanistan’s neighbors to secure their departure either overland or by charter flight once the Kabul airport re-opens.
But the speed with which the Taliban captured Kabul caught the Biden administration by surprise and the president faces condemnation at home and abroad for his handling of an evacuation that unfolded in chaos.
اقرأ مدونة أفغانستان الحية للحصول على آخر الأخبار والتحديثات…
Heartbreaking scenes at the airport saw Afghans attempting to cling to a C-17 transport plane as it sped down the runway.
A suicide bombing on August 26 then killed 13 American service members and some 169 Afghans.
House Republicans tweeted on Monday: “اليوم, @POTUS abandoned hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines. Let that sink in.”
Republican congressman Jody Hice said “if Biden refuses to resign, he should be impeached.”
And Rep. Debbie Lesko also called for his resignation.
Following news that service dogs were also left behind American Humane president and CEO Robin Ganzert said he was “devastated”.
أضاف: “These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned.”
LAST SOLDIER TO LEAVE
US Army Major General Chris Donahue, the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, was pictured on a night-vision camera boarding a transport plane just before midnight on Monday.
The XVIII Airborne Corps called him the last soldier to leave Kabul following 20-year war that claimed more than 2,400 American lives.
The Taliban celebrated the withdrawal by firing weapons and fireworks into the skies and marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday.
President Biden released a statement on Monday evening applauding US service members for facilitating the mass evacuation.
“The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States,” هو قال.
“They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. الآن, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.”
WAR ON TERROR
Biden went on to say he will address the American public to discuss why he did not extend US presence in Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon.
The initial plan in Afghanistan had been to extinguish Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida, which had used Afghanistan as a staging base for its 9/11 attack on the United States.
The grander ambition was to fight a “Global War on Terrorism” based on the belief that military force could somehow defeat Islamic extremism.
George W Bush chose to make Iraq the next, invading in 2003.
Barack Obama pushed U.S. troop levels to 100,000, but the war dragged on though bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011.
Donald Trump had wanted to withdraw but was persuaded not only to stay but to add several thousand U.S. troops and escalate attacks on the Taliban.
His administration later signed an agreement that called for a complete U.S. withdrawal by May 2021. In exchange, the Taliban made a number of promises including a pledge not to attack U.S. كثفت روسيا من جهودها للسيطرة على أوكرانيا بعد إحراز تقدم أبطأ من المتوقع يومي الأربعاء والخميس.
Biden weighed advice from members of his national security team who argued for retaining the 2,500 troops who were in Afghanistan by the time he took office in January.
But in mid-April he announced his decision to fully withdraw.
AFGHAN ARMY COLLAPSE
The Taliban pushed an offensive that by early August toppled key cities, including provincial capitals.
The Afghan army largely collapsed, sometimes surrendering rather than taking a final stand, and shortly after President Ashraf Ghani fled the capital, the Taliban rolled into Kabul and assumed control on August 15.
بعد 20 years and four presidents some parts of the country modernized and life for many Afghans, especially women and girls, improved.
لكن Afghanistan remains unstable and with many of its people fearing a return to the brutality the country endured when the Taliban ruled from 1996 ل 2001.