A night-vision photo taken from an American aircraft Monday shows the last American soldier leaving Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, who was coordinating the evacuation, is seen boarding a C-17 cargo plane that lifted off from Kabul at 3:29 p.m. ET.
And now the bloodbath ramps up. Thank you to all the men and women and their families who served. To all those lost we mourn. To the leaders who dropped the ball and of this horrific cut and run…we loathe. https://t.co/Sjql364Mzw
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) August 31, 2021
The grainy image stirred strong emotions among Twitter users, with some praising the end of the 20-year U.S. war and others condemning the chaotic exit that left Americans and others behind.
Although the Pentagon has denied a viral story about American service dogs being abandoned in Afghanistan, the U.S. left many other assets behind for the triumphant Taliban, including billions of dollars of weaponry.