US military completes withdrawal from Afghanistan

The US military completes its withdrawal on 31 August after two decades of war, leaving the Taliban in charge.

General Frank McKenzie who oversaw the pull-out says the US and its allies managed to evacuate some 123,000 civilians.

Heavy gunfire is reported in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as pro-Taliban forces celebrate.

Gen McKenzie said the cost of the mission had been high, with more than 2,400 US service personnel killed since 2001.

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