The Morning Dispatch: America Leaves Afghanistan

Happy Tuesday! Scientists in South Africa said yesterday that they’ve identified yet another coronavirus variant—C.1.2.—that is “associated with increased transmissibility,” and we really didn’t need that energy to start the week.

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, announced Monday afternoon that the U.S. military had completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan and ended its mission to evacuate American citizens and vulnerable Afghans.

  • Tens of thousands of people in the South Lake Tahoe area are under a mandatory evacuation order as California’s Caldor Fire—only 14 percent contained—blazes across more than 177,000 acres.  

  • Hurricane Ida weakened to a tropical depression on Monday as it traveled north and east through Louisiana and into Mississippi. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said yesterday that none of the state’s levee systems failed, but that the storm’s damage is still “catastrophic” and he expects the death toll to rise “considerably.” More than 1 million customers remained without power in Louisiana as of Monday night, and an Entergy Corp. executive said yesterday that more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines are out of service.

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