- Title: '20 years of American damage,' say Afghans as U.S. set to complete withdrawal
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 30, 2021) (REUTERS) PAN OF KABUL AT NIGHT CARS WITH HEADLIGHTS ON / PEOPLE WHISTLING AND CHEERING ON ROAD CROWDS GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) UNIDENTIFIED KABUL RESIDENT, SAYING: "Today is the last night of the 20 years of the American troops' occupation. During these 20 years, the Americans have done a lot of damage to the Afghan state. What will happen to the Afghan state after this? I appeal to all our political leaders, elders, and young people, 'Let's take our matters into our own hands. How long will we remain dependent on foreigners? Let's put our homeland together ourselves.' " VEHICLE TRAFFIC (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) UNIDENTIFIED KABUL RESIDENT, SAYING: "Today is the day of the departure of the Americans. After the departure of the foreigners, Afghans should start building their homeland again. They should resolve all political differences through dialogue, and take concrete steps for the construction, stability, and peace of the country, and take such measures for security that in the future the security of Afghanistan is never jeopardized." KABUL AT NIGHT
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- Keywords: 20 year war Afghans Barack Obama Donald Trump George W. Bush Joe Biden Kabul Osama Bin Laden Taliban vox pops
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
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Jubilant Kabul residents cheered and honked their car horns late on Monday night (August 30) as American troops were due to finish their full withdrawal from Afghanistan after a 20-year war.
"Today is the last night of the 20 years of the American troops' occupation. During these 20 years, the Americans have done a lot of damage to the Afghan state," said one unidentified Kabul resident.
"What will happen to the Afghan state after this?" he added.
The street celebration came as the United States was due to announce it had completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan following a chaotic airlift nearly 20 years after it had invaded the country in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.
More than 122,000 people have been flown out of Kabul since Aug. 14, the day before the Taliban - which harbored the al Qaeda militant group blamed for the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington - regained control of the country.
The chief U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, was on the last C-17 flight out, Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of the U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon news briefing.
The emergency air evacuation came to an end before a Tuesday deadline set by U.S. President Joe Biden, who inherited a troop withdrawal deal made with the Taliban by his predecessor Donald Trump and decided earlier this year to complete the pullout.
The United States and its Western allies scrambled to save citizens of their own countries as well as translators, local embassy staff, civil rights activists, journalists, and other Afghans vulnerable to reprisals.
The evacuations became even more perilous when a suicide bomb attack claimed by Islamic State - the enemy of both the West and the Taliban - killed 13 U.S. service members and scores of Afghans waiting by the airport gates on Thursday.
Biden, who faced intense criticism at home and abroad over his decisions, promised after the bloody Kabul airport attack to hunt down the people responsible.
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