Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Donahue was the final American service member to depart Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Maj. Alex Burnett)
Family’s waited to load C-17s, many had only the clothes on their backs and a single bag as they braved dangerous and chaotic conditions to escape for Taliban rule. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen)
U.S. Marines assist with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint (ECC). Photo was taken before Abbey Gate bombing where 13 US service members lost their lives. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla)
Tucked at the base of towering mountains the 11,000ft runway below served as the last gateway to the world.
Now the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group, toppled the Afghan Government in 2021 and initiated the Kabul Airlift.
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