America’s longest war is over, with the last U.S. troops departing Kabul airport, Afghanistan just before midnight local time on Monday. The country is now in the hands of the Taliban. More than 120,000 people, including more than 5,500 Americans, were evacuated, but U.S. State Department officials estimate up to 200 U.S. citizens are still in Afghanistan looking to get out.
On Tuesday, President Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, saying he was not “going to extend this forever war.” Thanking service members, Biden said that 90% of Americans who wanted to leave were able to do so. For those who remain in Afghanistan, the president pledging there is no deadline to helping them get out, if they so choose.
Wojtek Wolfe, an international relations professor at Rutgers-Camden, discusses the latest developments.