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PHOTOS: The Army Rangers' mission to evacuate Irish people from Afghanistan

The Army Ranger Wing is a unit within the Defence Forces.

EARLIER THIS WEEK, an Irish mission of Army Rangers evacuated 26 Irish people from Afghanistan. 

The Irish mission included the Army Rangers and two diplomats – an Emergency Consular Assistance Team (ECAT).

The Army Ranger Wing is a unit within the Defence Forces. Its roles are divided into conventional warfare roles and specialist anti-terror roles.

Prior to the 26 Irish people evacuated, a previous 10 had already exited.

Today, other Irish people evacuated from Afghanistan are currently travelling home with the French and Finnish militaries. 

The Defence Forces has provided photographs of the Irish mission earlier this week:

51406125741_c96814dcb0_o Defence Forces The Army Rangers Wing disembarks from the French Air Force A400M Defence Forces

51406125776_199ab20949_o Defence Forces The team 30 seconds before landing at Kabul Defence Forces

51404978967_44ae4b590f_o Defence Forces Final checks being carried out Defence Forces

51405729061_5a2d0d6638_o Defence Forces CASA takes off from Baldonnel with the ECAT team onboard Defence Forces

51405997673_bb711634a6_o Defence Forces Mission preparations at Baldonnel Defence Forces

51406487084_d97a48a4c8_o Defence Forces A member of the team packing the kit for the journey Defence Forces

51405997888_e85fb72405_o Defence Forces PC 12 on the tarmac at Baldonnel Defence Forces

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