Armed and armed, Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue was the last American to board a transport plane toward the United States. Shortly before that, US media reported that he had spoken to the Taliban commander to let him know when they would officially leave. After that conversation, Donahue hurried back to Kabul airport to board a Boeing C-17. Within ten minutes, the last five U.S. transport planes took off in the dark.
The moment Donahue entered was captured with night vision goggles and the U.S. Department of Defense quickly sent the photo to the world. In the hope that this statue will become a symbol of the departure of the United States from Afghanistan. But soon other films came out from Kabul, marking the end of a twenty-year American existence. Taliban militants in abandoned helicopters, or near a tossed jeep. Photos of the hanger full of bulletproof vests also quickly spread around the world.
The U.S. military has sent a response to clarify that the Taliban can do nothing with this material. “They can inspect everything, but they can’t fly,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN. “All the equipment at the airport is useless. All that works is a few fire trucks and forklifts.”
That applies to the equipment at the airport, but in fact there are still billions of military equipment packed all over Afghanistan. According to Fox News, 33 helicopters, 169,000 armored trucks, 22,174 armored jeeps and 358,530 weapons were involved. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.