Aeroportul din Kabul a fost ținta a numeroase atacuri după ce talibanii au cucerit Afganistanul. Foto: Profimedia Images

The last US military plane took off from Kabul. Biden: “Now our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan is over”

The last American soldiers left Afghanistan, marking the end of the longest war in the United States. After 20 years, more than 2,000 dead and two trillion dollars spent, the war in Afghanistan is over. The last days of the evacuation of troops from the country were marked by violence and the terrorist attack of ISIS.

Joe Biden has announced the end of the withdrawal from Afghanistan

UPDATE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 01.35 The  last US military plane took off from Kabul at 23.59 local time on August 30, with US Ambassador Ross Wilson and General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, on board. Central USA, General Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie.

President Joe Biden thanked the military in a statement issued by the White House. 

“Now our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan is over,” Biden said in a statement.

Gender. McKenzie presented some figures related to the mission in Afghanistan, as well as the evacuation of civilians and troops.

2,461  US soldiers and civilians have been killed and more than  20,000  injured in the 20-year military presence in Afghanistan.

More than  800,000  U.S.  soldiers and  25,000 civilians have been deployed to Afghanistan over the past 20 years.

More than  123,000  civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban took over Kabul, an average of  7,500  evacuees a day.

The evacuation mission lasted 18 days, with a peak of  19,000  evacuees in one day.

President Joe Biden is expected to make a statement on Tuesday explaining why he has not extended the withdrawal mission.

Global Anti-ISIS / Daesh Coalition: We will use all elements of power to defeat this brutal terrorist organization

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 18.35  The Global Anti-ISIS / Daesh Coalition – established by the US in 2014 and of which Romania is a part, along with 82 other states – will use all military, diplomatic, economic and legal means to defeat the responsible terrorist group of the suicide attack at Kabul airport,  the US State Department said in a statement . 

The Global Anti-ISIS / Daesh Coalition “strongly condemns” the August 26 attack in Kabul, which it attributes to “ISIS / Daesh terrorists,” according to the statement.

“The coalition and its partners continue to be united, just as we fought for the defeat of ISIS / Daesh in Itak and Syria. ISIS / Daesh remains an irreconcilable enemy and we will take all necessary measures to defeat it once and for all. To do this, we will use the Coalition’s experience and efforts to counter ISIS / Daesh’s global affiliates, including ISIS-K, and to identify and bring their members to justice.

(…) We will use all elements of power – military,  intelligence,  diplomacy, economic, legal – to defeat this brutal terrorist organization. We will continue to put strong pressure on ISIS / Daesh wherever it operates, “the statement said.

ISIS claims Kabul rocket attack

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 4.30 pm  The Islamic State terrorist organization has claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on the airport in Kabul, Nasher News, the ISIS press group, announced on its Telegram channel, according to  Al Arabyia .   

“By the will of the Almighty, the Caliphate’s soldiers launched six Katyusha missiles at Kabul International Airport,” the group said.

US officials announced on Monday that the anti-missile system intercepted five projectiles launched at the airport on Monday morning.

The car turned by ISIS-K into a missile launcher

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 11:30  A civilian vehicle was used as an improvised platform in the rocket attack on Kabul airport on Monday.

In the images that appeared after the rockets were launched, a burning vehicle can be seen on a street in the Khair Khana district of Kabul.

The car appears to have been modified, and equipped with six launch tubes, which are visible inside the charred body.

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The car turned by ISIS-K terrorists into a race launcher. Photo: Profimedia Images

Taliban fighters initially surrounded the area, telling residents that the situation remained dangerous, although they later allowed journalists access to the streets.

5 missiles were fired at Kabul airport

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 09:30 : Hundreds of students, their relatives and professors at the American University of Afghanistan are currently stranded in Kabul after suspending operations to evacuate civilians from Afghanistan. Until Tuesday, August 31 – the deadline for the evacuation from Afghanistan – the USA will focus exclusively on the evacuation of its own soldiers from the area.

According to the New York Times, the US military had already given the Taliban at the entrance to the airport a list of the names and identification data of the  approximately 600 students, teachers and members of their families .

“They told us, ‘I gave your name to the Taliban. We are terrified, there is no escape and no chance to escape, “said a 24-year-old Afghan student.

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 08.30 : Kabul airport was the target of a new attack on Monday morning. No fewer than five missiles were fired in the early hours of the morning at Hamid Karzai International Airport, according to US officials quoted by  CNN . The attack comes less than 48 hours before the United States concludes the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

The missile defense system, designed to protect ground troops and installed at the airport, would have intercepted the missiles, the sources said.

According to AFP journalists in Kabul, quoted by  The Guardian , the sound of missiles flying over the Afghan capital could be heard on Monday in the early hours of the morning. A security official who worked in the administration overthrown by the Taliban on August 15 said the missiles were fired from a vehicle in northern Kabul.

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The car turned by ISIS-K terrorists into a race launcher. Photo: Profimedia Images

There is no information yet about possible casualties or damage.

According to local residents, clouds of smoke were seen rising above buildings in northern Kabul, where Hamid Karzai International Airport is located.

The White House said in a statement that President Joe Biden had been informed of the attack and that evacuation operations from the airport had not been interrupted.

CNN: 9 members of a family, including 6 children, killed in the drone attack

UPDATE MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 01.20  Nine family members were killed in a drone attack on a vehicle in a residential area of ​​Kabul,  CNN reports , citing a relative of the dead.

Among them are six children, the youngest being a 2-year-old girl, the brother of one of those killed told a local journalist working for CNN.

He said the victims were his brother, Zamaray (40 years old), Naseer (30 years old), Zameer (20 years old), Faisal (10 years old), Farzad (9 years old), Armin (4 years old), Benyamin ( 3 years), Ayat (2 years) and Sumaya (2 years). 

“We are not members of ISIS or Daesh and this is the home of a family, where my brothers lived with their families,” the man said.

CENTCOM spokesman Bill Urban said during the day that the Pentagon is evaluating the possibility of civilian casualties.

A man named Ahad, a neighbor of the hit family, told CNN that “all the neighbors tried to help and brought water to put out the fire and I saw five or six dead. The head of the family, one of the young boys and two more children. They were dead. Cut to pieces. There were also two injured. “

Ahad also told CNN that he saw the attack around 17.00 local time, when he was returning home. He heard the sound of a rocket and a loud bang, at which point he took shelter before trying to save his neighbors. Ahad also said two more people were injured in the attack.

A local journalist who went to the scene after the explosion told CNN that “I don’t know what materials were in the car. The car was destroyed, only the skeleton left in it “.

The members of the family of those killed told the journalist that there were two cars parked in front of the house. One of them was full of things for a family event, the journalist was also told.

The Taliban condemn the attack. The Guardian: 3 children killed 

UPDATE SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 23.00 The  Taliban condemned the US Army’s drone attack on the ISIS-K car loaded with explosives, as they did in a similar attack in Jalalabad.

“Whenever the Americans carry out such operations, we will condemn them,” they said, according to CNN. 

There was a suicide bomber in the car hit by the drone, CNN also quotes, quoting an American official. It is unclear whether the vehicle was to be used as a trap machine or just to transport explosives. 

“She was loaded and ready to leave,” the official said of the wrecked car near a building in Kabul.

Three children died in the drone attack, writes Guardian, taking over the AP, which quotes an Afghan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

CENTCOM spokesman Bill Urban had said during the day that the Pentagon was evaluating the possibility of civilian casualties, but had found no clues.

Drone attack on an ISIS-K car

UPDATE SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 18.05 The  United States conducted a defensive air strike in Kabul on Sunday against an ISIS-K car heading to the airport, CNN reports  , citing a defense official. 

The attack was carried out by a drone. According to the quoted official, a secondary explosion, which followed the initial one, indicates that the target was loaded with a substantial amount of explosives.

From the first data, there are no civilian casualties, CNN source said.

The US Central Command, US CENTCOM, confirmed the attack.

“US military forces today conducted a drone attack on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International Airport,” said Captain Bill Urban, a CENTCOM spokesman, according to CNN.

“We are confident that we have hit the target. A strong secondary explosion from the vehicle concerned indicates the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material. We are assessing the possibility of civilian casualties, but we have no clues at this time. We remain alert to possible future threats “, said Capt. Urban

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