Last US troops have departed Afghanistan

The removal of U.S. troops meets the Aug. 31 deadline the Biden administration agreed to with the Taliban, officially drawing the country’s longest-ever conflict to an end.

But the fate of those left behind remains a mystery, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirming earlier Monday that a “small number” of Americans who want to leave remain in the country.

Psaki could not give an estimate on exactly how many Americans remained in the country, though a senior State Department official put the number at “below 250.”

“There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure,” CENT Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said of the closing down of evacuation operations.n He acknowledged, “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out.”

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