General Frank McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, confirmed the final plane with the last remaining US troops left Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul at 5:29am AEST.
“There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure. We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” he said.
“But I think if we’d stayed another 10 days, we wouldn’t have gotten everybody out.”
The last US military jet departed from Kabul Airport during late Monday evening. Picture: Marcus Yam/LOS ANGELES TIMES
Al Jazeera have reported celebrations erupted with gunfire from the Taliban across the the country’s capital, Kabul, as they fired their weapons into the sky.
Gen McKenzie confirmed hundreds of Americans were not on the final flight, with some choosing to stay behind and others they simply could not get to.
US troops were tasked with ushering hundreds of evacuees on planes and getting themselves and all their equipment out before the deadline amid repeated threats.
In the hours before the last flight departed, ISIS-K launched another attack near Kabul Airport, confirming they fired at least six rockets that struck the Salim Karwan neighbourhood.
US forces used a defence system to intercept them.
Taliban develops ‘kill list’ amid ‘devastation’ left in Afghanistan by Joe Biden
There was ongoing concern from the US and the Pentagon of another terror attack following last week’s double suicide bombing around the perimeters of the airport that saw 13 US service members and more than 100 civilians killed.
It was a tense final day as US military C-17 cargo jets repeatedly took off with hundreds on board and returned empty hours later to take the next load of passengers.
The US and their allies, including Australia, have rescued more than 122,000 people since evacuations began earlier this month.
US President Joe Biden has been criticised over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis by members from the Republican and Democratic party.
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The August 31 deadline set by Biden, agreeing to a deal reached by the Taliban by his predecessor, Donald Trump, ends two decades spent in Afghanistan.
The two decade labelled as a “forever war” by Biden claimed more than 2,400 American and 41 Australian lives.
It was sparked by the September 11 attacks in 2001 where almost 3,00 people were killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

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