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In this document provided by US Central Command, US Army Major General Chris Donahue boards a C-17 cargo plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

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The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan: NPR

In this document provided by US Central Command, US Army Major General Chris Donahue boards a C-17 cargo plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Document / US Central Command via Getty I

Before the last US plane left Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war, a man boarded the C-17 cargo plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan .

US Army Major General Chris Donahue was the very last US serviceman to leave the country on Monday. He is the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps.

A document provided by US Central Command shows Donahue boarding the plane, which also carried US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson.

Their departure was the definitive end of a nearly 20-year mission that began shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

In the years that followed, more than 800,000 troops served in Afghanistan. The war claimed the lives of 2,461 US servicemen and civilians were killed and 20,000 injured. The casualty tally included the 13 US servicemen who were killed last week in an attack outside Kabul airport.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the US engagement in Afghanistan going forward, calling it a new chapter “in which we will lead with our diplomacy.”