Afghanistan: US completes withdrawal as last C-17 aircraft leaves Kabul

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The US has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan after the last of its planes took off from Kabul airport.

It brings an end to a 20-year campaign launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

General Kenneth F McKenzie announced the "completion of our withdrawal" during a news conference at The Pentagon.

He said the US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, was onboard the last flight out of Kabul.

"The last C-17 lifted off on 30 August at 3.29pm (EDT) and the last manned aircraft is clearing the airspace above Afghanistan now," said General McKenzie, head of US Central Command.

He said the US and its allies had evacuated 123,000 civilians from the country since 14 August following the Taliban's swift takeover.

In the last 24 hours, he said the US had flown out 1,200 people on 26 flights, while two coalition flights flew out 50 others.

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