About 10,400 people were ferried out of Afghanistan on 28 U.S. military flights over a period of 24 hours.
In a stunning rout, the Taliban seized nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week.
Total troop numbers increase to 5,000 as Taliban seizes control of multiple cities in just days.
The House of Representatives rejected President Donald Trump’s veto of the massive $740 billion defense bill.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is leaving his post in February, citing conflicting views with President Donald Trump.
The president still has not visited service members in combat zones, 22 months into his term. President Barack Obama visited Iraq three months into his first term.
“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had said.
The U.S.-backed bid to retake Mosul will feature several fighting forces. Some are bitter rivals, but all are hellbent on driving out ISIS.