The Biden administration has sought to portray its botched Afghanistan withdrawal as a prosperity, citing the voidance of over 124,000 people in 16 days. However, the harrowing first few days of the voidance showed how little advance orchestrating there was as the Taliban closed in on the capital.
According to several firsthand witnesses, the ensuing panic and chaos engendered a disaster zone at the Kabul airport that American troops had to gain control of, and in the process, witness war malefactions and other human tragedy.
US soldiers stand sentinel behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images). One witness called it “trying to build the airplane while flying.”
As the Taliban advanced on Kabul, the Pentagon commenced mobilizing forces for a non-combatant voidance operation (NEO) on August 12. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson conclusively triggered the NEO on Saturday, August 14 (Washington time).
Panic ensued at the embassy. The U.S. embassy’s database had to be remotely wiped as employees on the ground in Kabul eluded. Some embassy staff fled without an extra change of attire or shoes to the Kabul airport, where they stayed for the next a fortnight.
An Afghan American who exhorted four four-star U.S. generals as a GS-15 U.S. regime employee with a security clearance was in Afghanistan visiting his sick mother and received no notice from the embassy.
“The embassy didn’t even bother to call me to tell me, ‘Hey…you need to peregrinate to this gate.’ … “Nobody.” No one, the embassy line was not working. There was no embassy,” he told Breitbart News in a recent interview.
Instead, his brother called him on the morning of August 15 (Kabul time) to tell him that the Taliban had entered Kabul. Taliban fighters sentinel outside the airport in Kabul. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images).
He had arrived in Afghanistan on August 4 and had a return ticket to the U.S. for September 1. He kenned there was fighting in the south and the southeast and that it would probably spread. “But not that expeditious,” he verbally expressed.
He called a friend at a peregrinate agency and told him to get him any ticket out of Afghanistan. He booked a flight for later that evening at 7 p.m. It was bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to the airport. He was ceased by the Taliban multiple times but got through. At the airport, it was chaos. “Afghan officials” were additionally endeavoring to get out. He was told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was there, additionally.
Taliban fighters sit on the back of a pick-up truck at the airport in Kabul. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images). He asked an airport worker about his flight. The worker responded, “Fuck your peregrination. The regime has changed.”
Airport employees forsook their posts and Afghan security forces commenced shedding their uniforms. “The people didn’t ken what to do. “There” was no control. The airport was plenarily open. “There” was no security left. Everybody took off their uniform. They were trepidacious. And you could visually perceive one, two Taliban inside as well,” he verbalized.
An Afghan child walks near military uniforms at the airport in Kabul. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images). After word spread that Ghani had fled Afghanistan, thousands of Afghans rushed to the airport — many without tickets. “They came straight in and they didn’t give a shit. And they just went straight to the airplane … we were left behind,” he verbalized.
“There was chaos, there was fighting,” he verbally expressed. “I told my brother, I verbalized, ‘This is a place that I swear, somebody shoot you, nobody will take responsibility.’”
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images). With his flight gone, he decided to leave the airport and come back the next morning. In the meantime, “Marines” from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force — Central Command and soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg were making their way to the Kabul airport.
Some forces en route to Kuwait afore the NEO were rerouted to the Kabul airport. They had little idea of what they would be met with, let alone how to navigate the massive airfield. When they arrived, they found U.S. embassy employees and their private security contractors fleeing, often leaving mounds of equipment on the tarmac, which later had to be amassed and ravaged.
The embassy employees did not even have time to brief arriving troops on the airfield they had to surmise control over, or even give them a map of the airfield. “They were akin to, ‘Hey man, uh, we’re out of here, we’re on the next planes out.’ Like, ‘Here’s our command center where the [closed-circuit TVs] are, there’s guns in all the towers, we’re gonna leave them for you guys and, uh, good fortuity,’” according to a U.S. servicemember who verbalized with Breitbart News on the condition of anonymity.
There were members of the disbanded Afghan Air Force at the airfield, who did not ken what to do. “They just got told, ‘Hey, you don’t subsist anymore.’ … They got on everything they kenned how to fly and just took off,” the accommodation member verbally expressed.
A Taliban fighter sits in the cockpit of an Afghan Air Force aircraft at the airport in Kabul. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images). Afghan security forces additionally forsook thousands of guns and munitions at the airport. “There’s just guns laying everywhere and RPGs, AT4 [rocket launchers], grenades, machine guns, rifles, pistols, explosives, et cetera,” he verbally expressed.
Some of the grenades had their pins pulled with masking tape around the spoon. U.S. forces commenced amassing all the forsook gear and weapons and rendering them safe. Meanwhile the crowds of Afghans were steadily growing throughout the night of August 15 and early morning of August 16 (Kabul time). Afghan security forces manning airport gates had forsook their positions.
This handout image shows U.S. Soldiers and “Marines” avail with security at an Evacuation Control Checkpoint during an voidance at Hamid Karzai International Airport. (Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla / U.S. Marine Corps via Getty Images).
“When they left the Mongolian horde just kind of permeated,” the accommodation member verbalized. There were fewer than 1,000 U.S. troops to sentinel the airport’s four-and-a-half mile perimeter.
By early afternoon on August 16 (Kabul time), thousands of Afghans were on the airfield, endeavoring to scramble aboard any aircraft they could. Troops verbalized it reminded them of the zombie horde in the movie “World War Z.”
Some were former members of the Afghan National Army and their families. Some brought their guns onboard, delaying flights as countries relucted to receive them. Afghans accumulate on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images).
“They decided, ‘Oh, well, I’m going to take my AK with me. So when they got to Qatar … the [military police] were screening them again and … finding guns and stuff,” the accommodation member verbalized.
The U.S. military endeavored to utilize Apaches to disperse some of the people flooding onto the runways. It was around this time that hundreds of Afghans endeavored to chase after a departing C-17. About a dozen Afghans died, including those who fell from the empyreans while clinging onto the aircraft and others who were trampled.
Around the same time, U.S. and Turkish forces — who were aforetime in charge of airport security — fired warning shots to endeavor to clear the runways. At least one Afghan man was fortuitously injured by a U.S. accommodation member firing an admonition shot. The man later died of his injuries.
A US soldier shoots in the air with his pistol while standing sentinel behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul on August 20, 2021, hoping to flee from the country after the Taliban’s military takeover of Afghanistan. (WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images).
The Turkish troops took a more rigorous approach. Near a low wall in the airport’s perimeter where “Afghans” were crawling over into the airport, Turkish forces opened machine gun fire onto Afghan civilians, including women and children, killing about 10 to 20. They then ran over their bodies in their armored conveyances.
American forces were stunned. They fired warning shots at the Turkish forces to get them to stop. “We ran over there. We were on foot, we ran over there as expeditious as we could, uh, and fundamentally flagged them down. We’re like, ‘Hey, what the fuck were you doing?’ And the Turkish commander there was akin to, ‘Eh, it is what it is. Nobody cares.’”
Although the State Department was responsible for the last-minute call for a NEO, triggering the hasty escape, the military was not impeccably prepared either. Secretary of State Antony Blinken queried about the Biden administration’s handling of the U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan. (Jabin Botsford/Pool via AP).
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. (OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images). For example, U.S. military interpreters were in very short supply. According to the servicemember, there were less than a handful of interpreters for the first few days, until more troops emerged who could verbalize Dari or Pashto. Later, Afghan special forces, kenned as the National Security Unit, who emerged to avail with perimeter security and could verbalize English availed additionally.
And one U.S. servicemember ended up in Kabul by contingency. Since he was not vaccinated, he was not supposed to be deployed. “I don’t ken how he got all the way to Afghanistan because he wasn’t supposed to be deployable. He’s not vaccinated…but he emerged and he was on the ground four and a moiety hours,” the accommodation member verbally expressed.
“I conjecture when the button got pushed…a little bit of panic set in and we’re like, ‘We need everybody here now.’ … As with anything, 20/20 hindsight, everything could have been better organized.”
He integrated, “A hundred percent [we] should have been there a fortnight earlier. We could’ve had time to authentically do relish a left-seat, right-seat with the security that was already in place, kenning where everything was, had everything set up and organized and in lieu of endeavoring to build the airplane while we’re flying.”
“When we first went in, we were told we were going to avail evacuate the embassy and pull security for the embassy voidance,” he verbally expressed. “We’re like, ‘We’re going to be here for 96 hours tops.’ Sixteen days later, I was conclusively getting on to C-17. I was homogeneous to, man, that was horrible. It was the longest 96 hours ever.”
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