Fireworks and tracer bullets lit up the night sky in Kabul, after final flights that carried the last U.S. troops departed from Hamid Karzai International Airport. One of the aircraft swployed flares as it took off.
Taliban fighters took control of the airport before dawn on Tuesday, following the withdrawal of the final foreign troops. The final flights took off a minute before midnight, marking the completion of the U.S. pullout that ended America's longest war.
Forced into a hasty and humiliating exit, Washington and its NATO allies carried out a massive but chaotic airlift over the past two weeks, but still left behind tens of thousands of Afghans who helped Western countries and might have qualified for evacuation.