The US military has released a photo of the last US soldier to leave the Afghan capital, Kabul. Thus, the withdrawal was completed one day earlier than expected.
Major General Chris Donahue, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, will go down in history as the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, twenty years after the United States landed there to put things in order.
The photo – an image captured through night vision goggles – shows Donahoe aboard a C-17 transport plane, which took off from Kabul airport just before midnight. “The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan,” the US Central Command said on Twitter, the US command responsible, among other things, for the Middle East.
Donahoe is one of more than 775,000 US troops the United States has deployed to Afghanistan over the past two decades. He was deployed a month ago to help with security at Kabul airport but previously served in Afghanistan, having also completed missions in Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Eastern Europe.
In addition to Donahoe, Ambassador Ross Wilson in Afghanistan was the last to board the transport plane. Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken said the diplomatic presence in Kabul was now “suspended”. Activities will be transferred to Qatar. Communications with the Taliban will be made from there, among other things.
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