US begins final troop withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years

The United States began the final phase of withdrawing its military forces from Afghanistan on Saturday.

The May 1 date was set by President Biden as the official start of a final withdrawal of US forces that will end by Sept. 11.

There are currently about 2,500 to 3,500 American troops in the Central Asian nation, according to reports, along with about 7,000 members of NATO forces.

America’s final effort to extract itself has already been underway, with reports in recent weeks of equipment leaving Afghanistan on huge C-17 Globemaster cargo planes.

The 20 years of America’s longest war have come at a high cost for both the US and Afghanistan.

Brown University’s Costs of War project estimates that the United States has spent $2 trillion in Afghanistan over the past two decades, with more than 47,000 civilian casualties.

The US has suffered 2,442 troops killed and 20,666 wounded, according to the Department of Defense.

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