U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan nears completion

Military planes took off from Kabul Airport on Monday as foreign withdrawal from Afghanistan rushed into its final stage.

With less than 4,000 troops still left at the airport, Washington is set to complete their own withdrawal by Tuesday to meet a deadline agreed with the Taliban, who swept to power earlier this month.

That will put an end to two decades of U.S. military involvement there, and also its longest war.

But the race to complete evacuation has become more urgent.

On Monday, anti-missile defences intercepted as many as five rockets that were fired at the airport on Monday morning, according to a U.S. official.

Video obtained by Reuters shows a vehicle which Afghan media reports say was where a rocket was fired from.

Local media say several rockets struck different parts of the Afghan capital.

One U.S. official that chose to remain anonymous told Reuters that initial reports did not indicate any U.S. casualties.

While the U.S. has evacuated more than 114,000 people, including foreign nationals and 'at risk' Afghans, tens of thousands of locals face being left behind.

On the outskirts of Kabul, about 500 displaced families live in a camp run by an Australian non-profity charity Mahboba's Promise.

Many have become desperate for food and security since the Taliban's swift takeover of the country threw it into turmoil.

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