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Final wave of US troops leave Afghanistan

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This Aug. 26, 2021, photo, released by U.S. Marine Corps/II Marine Expeditionary Force, shows U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, second from left, while supporting evacuation operations in Kabul, Kabul Province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Gee died following an attack near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California, was a maintenance technician with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. (U.S. Marine Corps/II Marine Expeditionary Force via AP)

The final wave of U.S. troops have been removed from Afghanistan, just one day before President Joe Biden’s August 31st deadline.

The news was reported during a virtual briefing with Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie on Monday.

“I’m here to announce the completion of our mission in Afghanistan,” General McKenzie said.

Approximately 116,700 people were evacuated in the last week.

General McKenzie mentioned that the amount of Americans who remain in the area are in the low hundreds and that no Americans were on the last plane out of Afghanistan.

When asked why there were no Americans on the final plane, General McKenzie reported that he believes they may have been held up.

While there will be no more military led evacuations, General McKenzie said they will continue to make diplomatic approaches to get those remaining out of the area if they choose to leave.