/Afghanistan live news: Biden confirms end of 20-year US military presence as Taliban celebrate in Kabul

Afghanistan live news: Biden confirms end of 20-year US military presence as Taliban celebrate in Kabul


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After two decades, America’s last soldier left without pomp, without ceremony, certainly without the grandeur of victory.

Bathed in the green light of a night vision scope, Maj Gen Chris Donahue, the final American pair of “boots on the ground”, walked up the rear ramp of an air force carbon-17 on Monday night.

In body armour and helmet, the commander of the US army’s 82nd Airborne Division carried his weapon in his right hand, his eyes downcast as his solitary walk ended America’ ill-starred mission in Afghanistan.

At precisely 11.59pm Kabul time, the final of five American C-17s was wheels up from Afghan soil. Donahue sent a final message to his troops: “Job well done, I’m proud of you all”.

The image of Donahue’s lonely exit, posted publicly by US Central Command, may come to symbolise America’s humiliating, violence-plagued retreat from the country:

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Taliban leaders walk across runway at Kabul airport to mark their victory


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