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Taliban welcomes U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Added On August 31, 2021

 The U.S. Central Command Kenneth McKenzie announced on Monday during a news conference in Washington that the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has completed, ending 20 years of U.S.-led invasion into the country.

 
"I'm here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable Afghans. The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30, this afternoon, at 3:29 p.m. East coast time, and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the space above Afghanistan."
 
According to a Taliban spokesman early Tuesday, the last U.S. soldiers were evacuated from Kabul airport at mid-night on Monday. 
 
Shortly after the Taliban spokesman's comments, Taliban members started celebratory gun firing in Afghan capital Kabul, which lasted for about an hour, causing panic in Kabul residents.
 
However, the formal stance of the Taliban about the U.S. withdrawal is yet to be made amid the absence of any statement.
 
Meanwhile, the last British military and diplomatic personnel leaved from Kabul on Sunday morning, marking the end of the country's 20-year military involvement in Afghanistan.
 
In a video uploaded to Twitter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the "colossal exertions" of British troops.
 
 
"UK troops and officials have worked round the clock to a remorseless deadline in harrowing conditions. It's thanks to their colossal exertions that this country has now processed, checked, vetted and airlifted more than 15,000 people to safety in less than two weeks. And let me remind you who they are, these people we now welcome, who we will now help to contribute in any way possible to the life and economy of the country."
 
Johnson also paid tribute to the 150,000 members of British armed forces who had served in Afghanistan over the past two decades, 457 of whom lost their lives.