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The army general was the last soldier to leave Afghanistan


Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was the last soldier to leave Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.

The U.S. Central Command released a photo of Donahue preparing to board the last C-17 military cargo plane to leave Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Naval General Frank McKenzie, head of Central Command, told reporters in a virtual briefing that with the departure of the C-17 at 3:29 pm ET, “all US servicemen are now out of Afghanistan.”

Donahue “is the last American serviceman to leave Afghanistan; his departure ends the US mission to evacuate US citizens, Afghan special immigrant visa applicants and vulnerable Afghans, ”the central command said.

The operation evacuated more than 120,000 US citizens, citizens of US allies and Afghan allies in less than three weeks.

Nearly 2,500 soldiers and 3,800 American contractors have been killed in nearly 20 years of war, including 13 soldiers who died Thursday in a terrorist attack outside Kabul airport.