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President Joe Biden is due to address the nation on Tuesday as the United States completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending the 20-year war that began after the September 11, 2001, and four presidential attacks.
The last C-17 military cargo plane took off Monday from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, where more than 120,000 people, including Afghans, citizens of allied countries and more than 6,000 Americans, were evacuated during the last month.
Secretary of State An tony Blinken said fewer than 200 Americans are still seeking evacuation.
Biden’s astonishing attempt to leave Afghanistan ahead of the August 31 deadline came as the Taliban swept the country, taking control faster than the United States had imagined.
Thirteen US servicemen and dozens of Afghans were killed near an airport gate last Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device.
The terrorist organization ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
In retaliation, the United States launched a drone strike that killed two ISIS operatives in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. In a second attack, the United States destroyed a vehicle the military said was loaded with explosives and threatened the airport.
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