Pentagon says Kabul mission to end Tuesday, over 122,000 evacuated

Flag-draped transfer cases line the inside of a C-17 Globemaster II Aug. 29, 2021, prior to a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. The fallen service members died while supporting non-combat operations in Kabul. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jason Minto)

Washington — The withdrawal of the last US troops from Afghanistan is expected to take place as scheduled on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said.

Kirby did not provide details on what time the airlifts at Kabul airport would be completed. The conclusion will mark the end of the US military mission in Afghanistan after two decades.

He said US commanders on the ground continued to be in contact with Taliban officials to help ensure a smooth exit from the airport, after a chaotic two weeks in which soldiers from the US and other countries worked to evacuate their citizens and Afghan allies.

In total, more than 122,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan as of Monday, the Pentagon said, a number that includes 5,400 US citizens.

“Over the weekend and into today, evacuation operations continued. Yesterday, 26 US military aircraft, all C-17s, departed with approximately 1,200 evacuees,” Major General Hank Taylor told reporters.

“Operations in Afghanistan will conclude soon,” he said.

Most nations have wrapped up their operations at the airport. Aside from the 26 US aircraft, only two other evacuation flights have left in the past day.

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