The commander of the troops in Kabul, Chris Donahue, and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, were on the board.
The last American serviceman has left Afghanistan. The evacuation operation has been completed, General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of the U.S. Central Command, told reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon.
“The last C-17 aircraft took off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30, at 15:29 Eastern standard time,” General Kenneth McKenzie said.
On the board of the plane were Chris Donahue, the commander of the American troops in Kabul, and the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson.
The Pentagon published a photo of Chris Donahue boarding the plane.
According to McKenzie, although the military evacuation has been completed, the diplomatic mission to ensure the departure of U.S. citizens remaining in the country and eligible Afghans who want to leave continues.
Since August 14, the U.S. military aviation has evacuated more than 79,000 civilians from Hamid Karzai International Airport, including 6,000 Americans and more than 73,500 third-country citizens and citizens of Afghanistan.
“In total, U.S. and coalition aircraft jointly evacuated more than 123,000 civilians, and all this was made possible by U.S. military personnel who provided security and managed the airport,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie praised the American servicemen who participated in the operation. He said that the number of evacuees represents an achievement made possible by “the determination, firmness, flexibility, and professionalism of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and our coalition partners who were able to quickly join forces and evacuate so many people in such difficult conditions.”
McKenzie noted the contribution of Norway during the evacuation, which supported the smooth operation of the hospital, which played an important role in helping the wounded injured in the terrorist attack carried out by an ISIS suicide bomber.
According to McKenzie, some of the American military equipment left in Afghanistan has been demilitarized, and it will not be used in the future. In particular, we are talking about tactical air defense systems (C-RAM), wheeled armored vehicles with enhanced mine protection (MRAP), and HMMWV SUVs, as well as 73 aircraft.