It is official… The last US military planes left Afghanistan Monday, marking the end of the United States’ longest war.
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, said, “There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure….and We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out.”
President Joe Biden released a statement thanking the final US forces serving in the war for executing the “dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled.”
Biden says the past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States, praising the troops for doing so with “unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve.”
It’s been 20 years since the US invaded Afghanistan to avenge the terror attacks of September 11, and strike out against al Qaeda and the Taliban, which then hosted Osama bin Laden, but now, it’s time to bring our sons and daughters home.
The war has cost $2 trillion and nearly 2,000 US troops have been killed in action.
HONOR OUR VETERANS! We thank each and every one of them for their service, and when you SEE one…. SALUTE ONE!