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Pentagon releases photo of last US soldier to leave Afghanistan, ending 20-year war


A picture is worth 1,000 words, the saying goes. That of the Pentagon sums up 20 years of war.

The Defense Department released a photo of what it called the “last US soldier to leave Afghanistan” as US forces pulled out of the country ahead of a deadline set by President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

The image, which appears to have been captured via a night vision scope, shows Major General Chris Donahue, commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boarding a C-17 cargo plane at the Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.

“In awe of our Sky Dragon soldiers. It was an incredibly difficult and pressurized mission filled with multiple complexities, with active threats all the time. Our troops demonstrated courage, discipline and empathy,” the XVIII Airborne Corps said in a tweet.

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The United States launched war in Afghanistan almost 20 years ago after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, seeking to root out al-Qaeda.

After being withdrawn from the country, ahead of the August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden, thousands of US troops were returned to Afghanistan this month to assist with evacuations of US citizens and Afghan allies as the Afghan government backed by the United States was collapsing. and the Taliban have taken over.

A suicide bombing outside the airport gates on Thursday, an attack for which an Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility, killed 13 U.S. servicemen and dozens more.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who spoke to the State Department on Monday, announced that the United States had moved its diplomatic operations from its embassy in Afghanistan to Doha, Qatar.

He also said that less than “200, possibly more than 100” US citizens who wish to leave the country remain in Afghanistan after the US withdrawal, and that the administration will try to help them leave the country.

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Original author: Daniel Chaitin

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