US military personnel in Kabul struck a secret agreement with the Taliban under which the Islamists escorted hundreds of US citizens to Kabul airport, according to CNN. In addition, more than a thousand Americans were evacuated with the help of special units.
CNN, which cited two sources at the Pentagon, said that as part of measures agreed with the Taliban, groups of Americans were directed to assembly points – including to the Interior Ministry building in Kabul, where they were taken directly to the airport, Sometimes several times a day. The goal was to reduce the risk of terrorist attacks, the so-called Islamic State.
Officials acknowledge that these findings have been instrumental in evacuating many Americans It is in this context that the words of the commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, about “pragmatic and practical” cooperation with the Taliban, said Barbara Starr, TV reporter, host.
Star added that the evacuation was carried out with the help of the special forces that supervised the unofficial gate of the airport and directed the Americans to it and gave directions by phone.
In total, during the 18-day evacuation, US and coalition forces have evacuated more than 123,000 people from Kabul, including more than 6,000. They are American citizens.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced Monday that he is in Afghanistan More than 100 Americans left who have expressed their desire to leave this country. He added that the US authorities will continue to help them get out of Afghanistan.
On the same day, the US authorities announced that with Departure of the last American plane from Kabul airportThe United States has completed nearly 20 years of a military mission in Afghanistan.
The war in Afghanistan, launched in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, was the longest in American history.
According to a Brown University project, The 20-year war resulted in a total of more than 165,000 people. Victims on both sides of the conflict, including nearly 50,000 civilian casualties.
Among the casualties were 1,144 soldiers of the International Coalition Forces, ISAF 44 Poland.
The total cost of the war to the United States is estimated at more than $2.2 trillion.
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