Photograph: Us Army/Reuters
two decades, America’s last soldier left without pomp, without ceremony,
certainly without the grandeur of victory.
in the green light of a night vision scope, Maj Gen Chris Donahue, the
American pair of 'boots on the ground,' walked up the rear ramp of an air force
C-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 .
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: '.'
"The , posted publicly by US Central Command,
come to symbolise America’s humiliating, violence-plagued retreat
country..." (The Guardian).