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President Biden on Tuesday defended the U.S. evacuation effort in Afghanistan, which was capped with the Taliban taking control of the Kabul airport after the last American military flight left the country.

“The United States ended 20 years of war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history,” Biden said during an address at the White House in which he praised praised the efforts to get more than 120,000 Americans and allies evacuated to safety. “And still, the women and men of the United States military, our diplomatic corps and intelligence professionals did their job and did it well."

“It was time to end this war,” Biden said.

Biden’s comments came after celebratory gunfire from the Taliban echoed across Kabul, capping the militant group’s victory in a 20-year war with the United States. The Taliban’s senior leadership has held multiday talks as the group works to forms a government.

Here’s what to know

  • The White House said that officials are still in touch with Americans who have remained in Afghanistan and would be available to assist them if they wanted to leave.
  • Celebrating the completion of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, Taliban supporters gathered to hold a mock funeral procession alongside makeshift coffins draped in American flags, Reuters reported.
  • A recent survey showed divided views on U.S. troop withdrawal. Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults said the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan was the right one, while 42 percent say it was the wrong decision, a recent Pew Research Center report showed.
  • The United States will maintain “robust counterterrorism capabilities” in the region, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. There is broad skepticism that the Taliban will keep its promise to stop the country from serving as a breeding ground for groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, whose local affiliate killed 13 U.S. service members and at least 170 civilians outside Kabul airport last week.