For the first time since the United States left Afghanistan at the end of August, four Americans have left the country. The Taliban knew about the foursome and their departure and did not stop them. The four crossed the border by land to an unnamed neighbouring country. There they were met by American diplomats.
More Americans may have left the country since the end of the evacuation operation at Kabul airport, but that would have happened by private means according to the US government. Currently, there may be just over a hundred Americans in Afghanistan.
The US and other countries have evacuated more than 120,000 people from Kabul since the take-over of the Taliban in mid-August. This involved citizens and Afghans who fear their lives under the new regime, for example because they were interpreters or drivers for international military partners who fought against the Taliban.
This major evacuation operation came to an end on August 30, when the US had completely withdrawn from Afghanistan after twenty years and Kabul airport came into the hands of the Taliban.