The intervention in Afghanistan, which began after the 9/11 attacks and was the longest war in the United States with 20 years, ended with the departure of the cargo plane carrying the last soldiers from the airport. from Kabul the night before. The withdrawal was completed 24 hours earlier than expected due to the growing threat from the terrorist organization DAESH.
While Major General Chris Donahue of the 82nd Airborne Division was the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, the photograph of the general taken with night vision and shared by the United States military as the general boarded the plane has become one of the emblematic frameworks of the war.
“THEY CANNOT USE THE WEAPONS”
After the withdrawal, the militants quickly entered the airport, which is the only and most important center outside their control in the country, and posed for the cameras along with the planes and other weapons left by the Americans in the hangars. General McKenzie, commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM), shared a breakdown of the remaining weapons, arguing they were unusable.
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McKenzie said they did not want to risk the safety of American soldiers for the evacuation of weapons and other equipment, and informed that the defense missiles, planes and other equipment had been deliberately destroyed so that they cannot be reused. The US commander noted that there were 70 mine protected armored vehicles, 27 Humvees and 73 planes, including planes and helicopters. Although they are said to “never be used again,” the fact that Taliban militants are already walking the trails with Humvees has raised questions.
“GOOD RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES”
Speaking at Kabul airport, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, “We want good relations with the United States and the world. We approve of establishing diplomatic relations with everyone, ”while US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that the military operation in Afghanistan was over and the diplomatic period had entered. Blinken also said that in order to find legitimate relations and support with the United States, the Taliban must fulfill its commitments. Ross Wilson, the US charge d’affaires in Kabul, was on the last plane with the US commander. Blinken also said diplomatic relations in Kabul had been suspended and the operation had been moved to Qatar.
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TALİBAN KOKPİTE GEÇTİ
With the withdrawal of the United States, Kabul Hamid Karzai Airport was also under Taliban control. When the skies cleared yesterday, fighters from the elite “Bedri 313” and “Fatih Zwak” teams, armed with American weapons and equipment, took control of every corner of Kabul airport. Members of the organization sat in the cockpits of planes and helicopters to take souvenir photos. The militants were seen to carefully inspect the armored vehicles and drive the American-made Humvee armored vehicles down the track, hoisting the Taliban flag.
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THEY LEAD THE PLANE
The fact that Taliban forces entering the airport attempted to board planes on the tarmac, the wings and fuselage of which were rendered unusable by US soldiers, created some interesting footage. As Taliban forces forced open the doors of the plane, some of them were seen posing while walking up the stairs of the plane. Those who climbed the tower and sat and posed were also reflected in the images.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NOW
While the 20-year-old US in Afghanistan page was closed, the Taliban page has been opened since yesterday and the new regime is expected to be announced soon. Afghans now fear repeating the practices of the previous Taliban era, 1996-2001. Taliban officials yesterday urged the public to “be patient” while sending the message that everything “will slowly return to normal.” Stressing that they “change often”, the organization’s leadership warned activists on the ground to be kind to the people.