“Asombrados por nuestros soldados del dragón del cielo,” la unidad publicada en Twitter. “Este fue un increíblemente duro, misión presurizada llena de múltiples complejidades, con amenazas activas todo el tiempo. Nuestras tropas mostraron valor, discipline and empathy. Below is a picture of the last Soldier to leave Afghanistan.”
The post attached a photo of an unknown soldier photo plane at night, marking the last soldier to depart from the country.
CENT Commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie announced Monday that the last U.S. service members had departed Afghanistan, ending America’s longest-ever military conflict at close to 20 años.
But the end of America’s involvement in the country still left questions to be answered, including the fate of possibly hundreds of Americans whom U.S. troops were forced to leave behind when they departed.
“There’s a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure,” McKenzie dijo. “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out.”
The military also left equipment behind, including the C-RAM (counter-artillery, artillery and mortar) system that was used to intercept rocket attacks, several armored Humvees, and some aircraft. McKenzie said that none of the equipment was still mission capable.
Threats from ISIS continued to loom over the evacuation up until the very end, though McKenzie said the U.S. deployed “agobiante” airpower to help defend troops on the ground from another terrorist attack.