An ex-Marine details the chaotic exit from Afghanistan — and how we should mark it

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This handout image shows a Marine passing out water to evacuees during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22.

As the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan last year, Marine Corps veteran Elliot Ackerman was frantically rebuilding a network of old allies to help desperate Afghans escape.

(Image credit: U.S. Central Command Public Affairs)

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