As the last US soldier leaves Afghanistan, one image sums up Biden’s catastrophic decision.
AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN, US TROOPS HAVE LEFT, with one stark image encapsulating President Joe Biden’s tragic decision to depart.
For years, the conflict in Afghanistan has been at the top of the US agenda, with the September 11, 2001, Twin Tower attack igniting US involvement in the country. Following a turbulent few days that saw a bombing at Kabul airport kill at least 182 people, the last US troops have now left Afghanistan. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming that it was carried out by their ISIS-K faction.
Nearly 2,500 US personnel and an estimated 240,000 Afghans were killed in the US’ longest war in Afghanistan, which cost $2 trillion (£1.45 trillion).
US President Joe Biden has played a key role in the withdrawal of US soldiers, insisting on moving forward with preparations despite requests from foreign leaders to extend the deadline.
The withdrawal of US soldiers, on the other hand, precipitated a swift takeover by the Taliban, who took control of the government in less than a week.
The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan has now been captured in a stunning photograph.
The US Army released a photo of the last US soldier to board the final evacuation airplane out of Kabul, captured with night-vision optics.
Major General Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, is pictured.
“The last American soldier to leave Afghanistan: Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commanding general of the @82ndABNDiv, @18airbornecorps boards a @usairforce C-17 on August 30th, 2021, ending the US operation in Kabul,” the Pentagon tweeted.
“The final US soldier has departed Kabul airport, and our country has attained complete independence,” Taliban spokesperson Qari Yusuf said as the plane took off.
However, approximately 100 Americans were left behind because they were unable to leave on time.
According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, less than 200 Americans, possibly closer to 100, wanted to leave Afghanistan but were unable to board the last flights.
Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commanding general of the @82ndABNDiv, @18airbornecorps, boards a @usairforce C-17 on August 30th, 2021, bringing the United States’ mission in Kabul to a close. pic.twitter.com/j5fPx4iv6a
“There is a lot of grief associated with this departure,” General Frank McKenzie told reporters.
“We didn’t get everyone out that we wanted to get out,” says the narrator.
“However, I believe we would have stayed another.”Brinkwire Summary News”.