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Heartwarming moment Marines deployed in Afghanistan are reunited with families in California

US Marines who had been deployed to Afghanistan returned to the U.S. over the weekend, and were pictured enjoying an emotional reunion with their families and riends.

On Sunday, family members warmly embraced their loved ones at U.S. Marine Base Camp in Pendleton located in Oceanside, California.   

Family members hugged, kissed and cheered as their loved ones exited off a military aircraft. 

Others held up signs to excitedly greet their loved ones, with multiple Marines and their families filmed in tears after being reunited. 

The Marines who had been deployed to Afghanistan returned to the U.S. over the weekend, and were welcomed by family members and friends as they returned to the U.S

A marine, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, greets his partner as he returns to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

A marine, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, greets his partner as he returns to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Moments later, the same marine was photographed carrying his delighted-looking partner off the tarmac

Moments later, the same marine was photographed carrying his delighted-looking partner off the tarmac

Marines, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, hug and kiss family members as they return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Marines, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, hug and kiss family members as they return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

President Biden, who had received criticism for his withdraw plans, announced he planned to pull both civilians and U.S. citizens from the country by August 30.

The criticism drew from the fact that Biden deployed thousands of US troops to Afghanistan which only kept more American citizens in the country and doubled the number of troops already present. 

Taliban soldiers had taken over the Afghan government on August 15, two weeks before Biden was to withdraw the remaining troops home. 

A Marine holds hand with his young son, as he exists off the plane at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

A Marine holds hand with his young son, as he exists off the plane at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

A Marine warmly embraces a family member at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California after being greeted with a welcome sign

A Marine warmly embraces a family member at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California after being greeted with a welcome sign 

Family members of a Marine hold up a greeting sign at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California on Sunday

Family members of a Marine hold up a greeting sign at U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California on Sunday

A Marine kisses his wife as he, his two sons, and his wife leave U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California on Sunday, October 3, 2021

A Marine kisses his wife as he, his two sons, and his wife leave U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California on Sunday, October 3, 2021

A Marine embraces a little girl as he returned to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California from Afghanistan Sunday

A Marine embraces a little girl as he returned to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California from Afghanistan Sunday 

Family members welcome signs as families and friends wait for the arrival of marines', who had been deployed to Afghanistan, return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Family members welcome signs as families and friends wait for the arrival of marines’, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Marines, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, are welcomed by friends and families as they return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Marines, who had been deployed to Afghanistan, are welcomed by friends and families as they return to U.S. Marine Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California

Within a near two-week span, however, about 124,000 people were evacuated from the country in C-17’s. 

Around 79,000 of those, including 6,000 civilians, were rescued directly by the US airlift, with the remainder flown out on charter flights supervised by the military.

The last official US military airlift left Afghanistan on August 30. 

Despite the impressive number of Americans lifted out of Kabul, the withdrawal was marred by tragedy on August 16 when an ISIS-K suicide bomber killed 13 US service personnel and at least 170 troops at the Abbey Gate of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport.

That atrocity was compounded when the US killed a family of 10 days later, with the Pentagon later acknowledging that the victims – including seven civilians – were innocent and had been mistaken for suicide bombers.

‘There is no greater honor for a Marine to be called to save Americans,’ Captain Geoff Ball posted on Facebook. 

‘To be the last on deck as those who need our help are pulled to safety. To lay down our lives for others. That is what my Marines did. They will always be my heroes.’


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