The U.S.'s withdrawal from Taliban-governed Afghanistan after 20 years has challenged the mental health of military veterans who've served in the war.
Taliban fighters fired their guns into the air in celebration in the Afghan capital. The United States completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan nearly twenty years after it invaded the country following the September 11, 2001 attacks on America.
The last plane carrying US forces left Afghanistan on Monday, meeting an Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw US forces from the Taliban-led nation after 20 years of war that left nearly 2,500 American troops dead and spanned four presidencies.
Two members of Congress flew unannounced into Kabul airport in the middle of the chaotic evacuation stunning State Department and U.S. military personnel who had to divert resources to provide security and information to the lawmakers.
The window to evacuate thousands of Americans remaining in Afghanistan, and even more Afghans and their families who face danger from the Taliban, is closing fast.
Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro on Tuesday named a temporary replacement for the branch's No. 2 civilian leaders, according to a statement.
President Joe Biden said in a White House news conference Tuesday that the U.S. has evacuated a total of 75,900 people since the end of July, with the vast majority of them, 70,700 people, evacuated in the last 10 days.
Vice President Kamala Harris called on Vietnam to join the U.S. in challenging China’s “bullying” in the South China Sea, continuing her sharp rhetoric against Beijing as she met with Vietnamese leaders on Wednesday.
Calvin Coler recently read about Texas Senate Bill 792. The retired United States Army command sergeant major served 30 years and is now a disabled veteran.
President Biden signed the PAWS Act into law Wednesday.
Followed by the rapid collapse of the Afghan government into the hands of the Taliban, the US has intensified its efforts to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies from Afghanistan. The government's collapse came two decades after the US invaded the country to fight the "war on terror" followed by the 9/11 attack, which triggered the invasion.
Joe Biden, the president of the United States, has said Washington is on pace to finish evacuations from Afghanistan by August 31 but left open the chance of extending the deadline, saying reaching that goal depends on cooperation from the country’s new Taliban rulers.