US War in Afghanistan finally ends according to The New York Time, late on Monday night the 30th of August 2021. This brings the United States longest war to a formal end and also bringing back the Taliban in full control of their country.
The report according to the New York Times is given below of US war in Afghanistan finally ends:
US War In Afghanistan
Late Monday, the final American troops departed Afghanistan, bringing an end to a 20-year occupation that cost more than $2 trillion, claimed more than 170,000 lives, and eventually failed to vanquish the Taliban, the Islamist insurgents who enabled Al Qaeda to operate there.
Officials said five American C-17 cargo planes left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul just before midnight, completing a hasty evacuation that left behind tens of thousands of Afghans desperate to flee the country, including former security forces members and many who had valid visas to enter the US.
On Monday evening, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken stated, “A new chapter of America’s involvement with Afghanistan has started.” “It’s one in which we’ll use diplomacy to lead. The military mission has come to an end.”
However, the two-decade-long war waged by four presidents, which offered Afghans a chance at democracy and allowed many women to pursue education and professions, failed to achieve virtually every other objective. In the end, the Americans returned the nation to the same militants who had seized control in 2001.
As the news of the win became apparent, jubilant Taliban fighters and their allies rejoiced. In the early hours of Tuesday morning in Kabul, celebratory gunfire erupted throughout the city, the arc of tracer bullets lighting up the night sky.
On Twitter, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated, “The final American troops left from Kabul airport, and our nation has gained complete freedom, thanks to God.”
The Taliban were given control of the airport and claimed they were still hammering out the details of their new administration.
Only a few hundred Afghans waited at the airport on Monday night as the last planes left, where scenes of overwhelming despair and murder this week became unforgettable memories of the Americans’ last days.
The conflict started as a search for Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, the Qaeda commander who directed the 9/11 attacks on the United States, under President George W. Bush. On that account, it was a success: Al Qaeda was pushed out of Pakistan in 2011 and Bin Laden was murdered by an American SEAL squad.
But, certain that it had defeated the Taliban, the US turned down their offers of a negotiated surrender and pressed on with a massive effort to not only force them out, but also to build a Western-style democracy in Afghanistan. The Taliban were able to reorganize throughout the long occupation, portraying themselves as the national resistance to the invaders and, three American presidents later, pushing them out in a battle of attrition, just as Afghans did to the Soviets in the 1980s.
A horrific surge of civilian deaths overshadowed the US withdrawal, which appeared symbolic of American mistakes in the war.
Survivors reported ten people were murdered in a drone strike that the US military said was intended at preventing an assault on the airport, including seven children, an aid worker for an American charity, and a contractor with the US military.
So-called civilian collateral damage was a major reason why so many Afghans turned against the Americans after an initial period of goodwill during the US involvement. In the end, the number of Afghan civilians murdered in the conflict surpassed the number of slain combatants — more than 47,000, according to Brown University’s Cost of War study.
According to the United Nations, almost half of Afghanistan’s population is malnourished, and the Taliban showed few indications on Monday that they were ready to rule a nation of over 40 million people suffering a severe humanitarian catastrophe.
The Taliban’s commander, cleric and judge Haibatullah Akhundzada, remained unseen, having made no public statements since the rebels took control of Kabul two weeks ago. Although a Taliban spokesperson said Mr. Akhundzada was in Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan, one Kabul-based diplomat raised doubts about his survival.
The diplomat spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk publicly. “They are a little bit shocked by operating a large metropolitan center like Kabul,” a metropolis with a population of up to 5 million at its height. “They’re truly dealing with a bad hand.”
According to the diplomat, an unresolved schism between the ex-insurgents’ moderates, such as political head Abdul Ghani Baradar, who led the US talks, and hardliners, such as the Haqqani brothers, the military leaders, is further weakening them.
If verified, the allegation that the American drone attack on Sunday resulted in civilian deaths would be a harsh end to the military involvement.
On Monday, a spokesman for the United States Central Command reaffirmed an earlier statement that the military had hit a legitimate target, an explosives-laden vehicle driven by operatives of the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, known as Islamic State Khorasan or ISIS-K, and posing a “imminent” threat to the airport. ISIS-K claimed responsibility for a suicide assault at the airport on Thursday that killed more than 170 people, including 13 American military personnel.
The military was examining allegations of civilian fatalities, according to the spokesperson, Capt. Bill Urban, who indicated that any civilian deaths may have occurred from the explosion of the explosives in the truck. The New York Times was unable to independently verify if the ten people were killed by an American missile attack.
The strike’s location on Monday was a complete disaster. According to relatives of the relief worker, Zemari Ahmadi, a technical engineer with the charity Nutrition and Education International, his vehicle was hit shortly after he returned home from work. Children who had rushed in to meet him were murdered beside him, while others within the home were gravely injured.
Ahmad Naser, 30, a former Afghan army officer and US military contractor who had filed for an American Special Immigrant Visa based on his work as a guard at Camp Lawton, was among the deceased. He’d traveled to Kabul from Herat, Afghanistan’s western province, in the expectation of being evacuated.
Samia, Mr. Ahmadi’s 21-year-old daughter, was inside when she was hit by the explosion wave. She said, “At first, I assumed it was the Taliban.” “However, it was the Americans that accomplished it.”
In the past two months, the massive evacuation effort, which began following the Afghan government’s surprisingly fast collapse, flew approximately 123,000 people out of the country, including around 6,000 Americans.
Five rockets were launched at the airport on Monday as some of the final American diplomats were prepared to depart Kabul, a parting shot claimed by the Islamic State. One of the missiles was knocked down by an American missile defense system, and there were no immediate reports of fatalities.
President Biden, who accepted responsibility for ending a conflict that may define his administration, set a deadline of Tuesday for the withdrawal to be completed.
Senior commanders, on the other hand, chose to go unannounced about 24 hours earlier, partially because to the severe weather predicted for Tuesday, but also to provide a buffer in case of any hitches, such as additional ISIS-K assaults, military sources added.
American surveillance and attack planes closed down the skies above Kabul in the closing hours of the evacuation, hovering high overhead until the last transport plane was aloft.
Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne, who was on the final aircraft out, remarked, “Job well done.” “I am really proud of all of you.”
Every American who wanted to leave and could get to the airport was transported out, according to a military officer. However, a small number of Americans, estimated to be about 300, stay, either by choice or due to inability to access the airport.
However, the evacuation did not reach all of the Afghans who had aided the US over the years and are now facing Taliban retaliation. Unknown numbers of individuals who went through the arduous procedure of obtaining special visas for American collaborators never made it to the airport, much alone aboard an evacuation aircraft.
In an interview from Kabul on Monday, one special visa holder, Hamayoon, said, “Because I worked with the Americans, I won’t be able to put food on my table, and I won’t be able to live in Afghanistan.” “I put my life on the line for the Americans for many years, and now my life is in much more jeopardy.”
“The Taliban would pursue me if I return to my family home,” he added. “Our next-door neighbors already knew I worked with the Americans. I’m in a bad spot right now. We were deceived by the Americans.”
Mike, a former US Special Forces translator who wanted to be identified only by his nickname, claimed that everyone in his town knows he served for the US military.
He said, “Of course, we’re unhappy that we’ve been left behind.” “We’ve made a lot of sacrifices. We wake up in the middle of the night, wondering what will become of our lives and our children.”
Students at the American University of Afghanistan, one of the country’s most important American civilian initiatives and the site of a devastating Taliban assault in 2016, were also left behind. Approximately 600 hundred students and relatives boarded buses to the airport, but were ultimately denied entry to the airport gates.
Mr. Blinken said that the US had “worked tirelessly” to remove Afghans who had collaborated with the Americans and were facing retaliation.
“We’ve gotten a lot of them out, but there are still a lot of them,” he added. “We will continue to assist them. There is no time limit on our devotion to them.”
He further claimed that the Taliban had promised to let anybody with the appropriate documentation to “freely leave Afghanistan.”
U.N. officials have warned that conditions in Kabul and throughout the nation are about to deteriorate dramatically. According to Ramiz Alakbarov, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, food supplies would likely run out by the end of September.
The Taliban have pledged amnesty to anyone who resist them, but they may not be able to fulfill their word.
The experienced diplomat said, “The Taliban are going of of their way to promote the amnesty message.” “However, they may not have complete command and control.”
“We may be on the verge of an urban humanitarian disaster in Kabul,” the diplomat said. “Prices have risen. There aren’t any wages. Millions of individuals will face despair at some point.”
Jim Huylebroek, Matthieu Aikins, Najim Rahim, Helene Cooper, Fahim Abed, Lara Jakes, and Farnaz Fassihi provided reporting.
Finally this brings us to an end of US war in Afghanistan which thankfully has finally come to an end and brought back the people, the Taliban who feel that they are the rightful owners of their country. I only hope we here of peace back into a beautiful country with beautiful people who have lasted the test of time in their rightful place long back into history. The choosing of what they want to be now and for the future is left firmly in their hands.
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