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In Photos: Last Of U.S., British Troops Leave Afghanistan's Helmand Province

U.S. Marines sit inside the cargo hold of a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft headed to Kandahar.
Wakil Koshar
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AFP/Getty Images
U.S. Marines sit inside the cargo hold of a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft headed to Kandahar.

Monday morning, the last of American and British troops left Camps Leatherneck and Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. As we've reported, this is a big deal symbolically, because Helmand saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the 13-year American-led war.

Over at Parallels, NPR's Sean Carberry takes a look at the big picture, asking, "With Marines gone, can the Afghan army hold off the Taliban?"

Here we'll leave you some images from the day:

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Marines prepare to depart upon the end of operations for Marines and British combat troops in Helmand province. A fleet of planes and helicopters airlifted the last U.S. and British forces from a key base in southern Afghanistan on Monday, a day after the international coalition closed the massive facility and handed it over to the Afghan military.
Omar Sobhani / Reuters/Landov
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Reuters/Landov
Marines prepare to depart upon the end of operations for Marines and British combat troops in Helmand province. A fleet of planes and helicopters airlifted the last U.S. and British forces from a key base in southern Afghanistan on Monday, a day after the international coalition closed the massive facility and handed it over to the Afghan military.
Marines onboard a helicopter at Kandahar Air Field upon the end of operations for the Marines and British combat troops in Helmand.
Omar Sobhani / Reuters/Landov
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Reuters/Landov
Marines onboard a helicopter at Kandahar Air Field upon the end of operations for the Marines and British combat troops in Helmand.
CH-53E and Chinook helicopters with U.S. Marines take off from Camp Bastion in Helmand province, on Monday.
Omar Sobhani / Reuters /Landov
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Reuters /Landov
CH-53E and Chinook helicopters with U.S. Marines take off from Camp Bastion in Helmand province, on Monday.
A U.S. Marine unloads ammunition from a rifle magazine into his helmet after arriving in Kandahar from Camps Leatherneck-Bastion on Monday.
Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images
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AFP/Getty Images
A U.S. Marine unloads ammunition from a rifle magazine into his helmet after arriving in Kandahar from Camps Leatherneck-Bastion on Monday.

Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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