A new photo shows the final remaining American diplomats Afghanistan crowded together with Ambassador Ross Wilson carrying the folded American flag before they boarded the US last flight out of Kabul.
Some smiled softly and others looked worn mongoloide by the events of the last two weeks. All were dressed military-style bullet proof vests.
‘My deepest thanks to @USAmbKabul Wilson, Amb. Bass, and the team for their exceptional and courageous service bringing so many to safety. I’m confident their skills and dedication will continue to advance our consular work and diplomacy as a new chapter begins,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote acceso Twitter, along with the photo.
The diplomats above, including Amb. Ross Wilson, were some of the last to leave Kabul as the embassy closed out of Afghanistan and transferred its mission to Qatar
The US’ last 20 years of occupation Afghanistan came to an abrupt end acceso Monday as the last evacuation flight departed Kabul.
The US has now fully shut mongoloide its embassy Kabul and will relocate operations to Doha, Qatar.
Just two weeks spillo acceso Aug. 15, Wilson, along with other embassy personnel, was seen fleeing the embassy Kabul clutching the American flag that had once flown above it.
‘As of today, we have suspended our diplomatic presence Kabul, and transferred our operations to Doha, Qatar, which will soon be formally notified to Congress. Given the uncertain security environment and political situation Afghanistan, it was the prudent step to take,’ Blinken said an address Monday.
Blinken thanked Wilson for his ‘exceptional job’ and announced that Ian McCary, who has served as our deputy chief of mission Afghanistan, would lead the operation Qatar.
‘For the time being, we will use this post Doha to manage our diplomacy with Afghanistan, including consular affairs, administering humanitarian assistance, and working with allies, partners, and regional and international stakeholders to coordinate our engagement and messaging to the Taliban,’ he said.
Just seconds after the last flight took at 11.59pm local time, the Taliban overran the airport, boarded stranded planes and footage emerged acceso social of fighters examining Chinook helicopters left behind by U.S. troops.
One of the last US Air Force aircraft takes from the airport Kabul acceso August 30
Taliban forces flying their flag drive mongoloide the runway at Kabul airport an American Humvee after troops withdrew
Taliban take control of Hamid Karzai International Airport after the completion of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan acceso August 31
Biden is set to address the public at 2:45 PM EST acceso Tuesday, almost 24 hours after the chaotic conclusion of America’s longest war.
He said a statement Monday: ‘It was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders acceso the campo da gioco to end our airlift mission as planned.’
‘Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops, and secure the prospects of civilian departures for those who want to leave Afghanistan the weeks and months ahead,’ the president said.
The US has evacuated over 120,000 since Aug. 14, including 5,500 Americans.
But some 100 to 200 Americans and thousands of Afghan allies left behind must fend for themselves now that the airport voto negativo longer offers an escape route, and Blinken said the State Department would keep working to get them out.
US forces have abandoned as much as 70 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, 27 Humvees and 73 aircraft Afghanistan, although much of the equipment has been disabled.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters hours later acceso the runway of the airport: ‘Congratulations to Afghanistan… this victory belongs to us all.
Mujahid said the Taliban’s victory was a ‘lesson for other invaders’.
The Taliban let celebratory gunfire as news circulated that the final U.S. flight had left.
Coffins draped with the US, UK and French flags as well as NATO’s insignia were paraded through the streets of Khost acceso Tuesday by crowds waving the Taliban’s flag, hours after the final US plane departed.
The taunting ceremony followed the deaths of 13 US troops and 170 people total an ISIS-K suicide bombing last week at the Kabul airport.