US completes 20-year mission

US troops have completed their mission in Afghanistan. They spent nearly 20 years in the country, their longest-ever war. The last American planes flew out on Monday, one day before the deadline for the withdrawal.

The head of the US Central Command announced the end of the mission. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said it had brought Osama bin Laden to a just end along with many of his co-conspirators in Al-Qaeda.

The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan after the September 11 terror attacks in 2001. Tens of thousands of Afghans were killed in the fighting. US forces lost more than 2,400 of their own along with more than 20,000 wounded.

Troops protecting Kabul airport intercepted five rockets on their last day on the ground. They did not report any casualties or damage. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.