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The last United States troops have left Kabul

A Military aircraft takes off at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Source: AAP

The final United States troops have left Kabul, ending 20-year military presence in Afghanistan. Meanwhile the United Nations says 10 million children are in desperate need of assistance in Afghanistan.

Kabul residents cheering and honking their car horns late on Monday night as American troops finish their full withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, nearly twenty years after it began a mission with its allies in the country following the September 11 attacks in 2001.

 The head of United States Central Command confirmed the final plane, with the last remaining US troops on board, had left Kabul's international airport.

 US President Joe Biden set a deadline of 31 August for the withdrawal earlier this year ending the longest involvement in a war in United States history.

The Taliban are poised to take full control of Kabul airport after the U-S military withdrawal.

 The final departure also took place shortly after US anti-missile defences intercepted rockets fired at Kabul's airport.

The US and its NATO allies failed to anticipate that the Taliban would so quickly conquer the country and were forced into a hasty exit.

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution on Afghanistan that calls on the Taliban to honor its commitments to allow Afghans and foreign nationals to leave the country.

The Taliban has stated publicly and privately that those who wish to leave Afghanistan will be able to do so.    

The resolution passed with 13 countries in favor, none against, with Russia and China abstaining.

The resolution also calls for unhindered humanitarian access, and for the human rights of women and minorities to be protected.

The United Nations says 10 million children are in desperate need of assistance in Afghanistan with UNICEF's Afghanistan representative saying the welfare of children in the country is the relief agency's highest priority.

The Taliban is saying the strike killed at least 10 people including civilians and three children while Mr Der Lys says his agency is aware of seven children killed.

On the issue of education for girls, Mr De Lys said UNICEF is in conversation with the Taliban and was told that the education of young girls will not be interrupted.

Journalists in Afghanistan have called for international protection under Taliban rule, after an open letter published by Afghanistan's Tolo News quoted journalists and photographers saying their lives were in serious danger.

 

 

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