As the last US flight took off from Kabul International Airport, the Taliban celebrated their victory by firing in the air on Monday (August 30) midnight.
The last US cargo planes carried tens of thousands of Afghanistan fleeing the country after the Taliban takeover, fearing for their lives under their rule.
Head of US Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, confirmed the completion of America's war in Afghanistan and their airlift.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, on early Tuesday (August 31) said, "American soldiers left the Kabul airport, and our nation got its full independence."
The last five aircraft have left; it's over! I cannot express my happiness in words. … Our 20 years of sacrifice worked," said Hemad Sherzad, a Taliban fighter stationed at Kabul's international airport.
While many Afghans fear for their lives, U. S officially announced the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan with the return of the Taliban. US and NATO invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Though the US and its allies drove the Taliban out of power in the country, they couldn't eliminate them.
The USA war against the Taliban took a drastic turn when they signed a peace treaty with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, on February 29, 2020.
By July 6, 2021, the US retreated 90 per cent of its troops from Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the control of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021.