The final moments of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan had been captured in two photographs that had been a reversal of the American invasion almost 20 years in the past: A U.S. soldier leaving as Taliban fighters took management.

U.S. Central Command identified the final soldier to depart as Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, the commanding normal of the 82nd Airborne. He was boarding the final flight out of Kabul’s airport. Shortly after, the Los Angeles Occasions posted a video of its Center East bureau chief, Nabih Bulos, coming into the airport with Taliban fighters.

The picture of Maj. Donahue, a firearm in his proper hand, boarding a C-17 airplane Monday evening, is shrouded within the inexperienced tint suggestive of evening imaginative and prescient goggles.

Close by, and shortly after, a handful of Taliban fighters had been recorded casually strolling into an airport hangar. The second was captured in a 30-second video, considered almost two million occasions on Twitter, by Mr. Bulos.

The overhang is brightly lit. Fighters stroll by an empty swivel chair and towards one facet of the hangar, the place a number of helicopters sit unoccupied.

The fighters, in line with Mr. Bulos, had been coming into “what was solely minutes in the past” an American patrolled portion of the airport. In another video posted by Mr. Bulos, Taliban fighters shoot celebratory gunfire into the air.

The 2 photographs seize the unlikely switch of energy between america, which invaded the nation in 2001, and the Taliban, which has waged a bloody marketing campaign to return to energy ever since.