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Taliban fighters from the Fateh Zwak unit celebrate before storming into Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport, after the U.S. military completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Pentagon tweeted a photo of the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, with the caption "ending the U.S. mission in Kabul."

The big picture: The moment marks the end of America's longest war after nearly 20 years of military involvement in Afghanistan. Taliban fighters were pictured with American equipment moving into Kabul's international airport soon after the U.S. troops left.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.
American soldiers board a U.S. Air Force aircraft at Kabul's international airport on Aug. 30. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images
A Taliban fighter sits inside the cockpit of an Afghan Air Force aircraft at the airport in Kabul on Aug. 31, after the U.S. pulled all its troops out of Afghanistan. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images
Afghan women cross a street in Kabul on Aug. 31. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images
Fireworks in Kabul after the last U.S. aircraft took off from the airport on Aug. 31. Photo: AFP via Getty Images
Taliban fighters from the Fateh Zwak unit entering Kabul's international airport on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The Fateh Zwak unit fighters entering Kabul's airport on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The Fateh Zwak unit at the airport on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
A Taliban fighter from the Fateh Zwak unit at Kabul's airport on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Fateh Zwak unit fighters inside the airport on Aug. 31. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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