With the collapse of the FNLA’s front south of Ambriz, it was clear that the South Africans would not be able to make any further positive contributions to the war effort. The withdrawal of his men was a constant issue of concern to Brigadier Roos. With the Ambriz airport not safe due to the bad condition of the runway, he was looking for another point of departure and even considered just crossing the border into Zaire. He had promised the Americans at Ambriz that they could travel with them should the evacuation be done by cargo plane. The Americans, however, suddenly disappeared during the night of 24 and 25 November, putting aside the notion of possibly crossing the border into Zaire together. The last two American liaison officials departed on 28 November.
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