/ 01 September 2021

America’s last moments in Afghanistan

Aircrew assigned to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, carr

The Taliban cheered and fired gunshots into the air as the last American military planes left Kabul yesterday, marking the end of America’s 20-year engagement in Afghanistan. Some details have been revealed about the efforts to get foreign nationals into Kabul airport and the assistance given by the Taliban. And more is known about how the US ended the mission yesterday, including the name of the last soldier to leave – Major General Chris Donahue. As for top-level conversations, there are two things to note. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has spoken to her US counterpart Antony Blinken about what can be done to get 449 Afghans with Australian visas out of there. Not on the blower: PM Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden. A chat will happen by the end of the week in part to mark the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty. The watchout: Biden is set to address the nation today.

Image source: US Air Force

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