Taliban fighters are seen entering a hangar at Kabul airport to explore helicopters left behind after U.S. withdrawal;

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The removal of U.S. troops met the Aug. 31 deadline the Biden administration agreed to with the Taliban.

  • Earlier on Monday, the Pentagon announced that all U.S. troops have departed Afghanistan. The final C-17 carrying service members lifted off from the airport at 3:29 pm U.S. Eastern Time. 
  • The removal of U.S. troops met the Aug. 31 deadline the Biden administration agreed to with the Taliban — officially ending America’s longest war.
  • “There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure,” CENTCOM Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said of the closing down of evacuation operations. “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out.”
  • The general added that the ISIS threat to the operation was “very real” until the end, with “overwhelming” U.S. airpower circling overhead in an attempt to prevent further attacks. 
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