Afghanistan’s government has collapsed. American troops were ordered full withdrawal. The U.S. evacuated its military personnel, abandoning a reported $80 Billion of its technology, vehicles, and weapons, which were left behind. The Taliban has taken officially control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital.
Our exit was a distraught retreat, with less than necessary preparation. Before the Taliban arrived to take over Kabul, soldiers from the U.S. Embassy were seen heroically carrying out the United States Flag before the Taliban infiltrated Kabul.
At the Airport in Kabul
Afghani civilians flooded the Kabul airport desperate attempt to flee the country.
Many Afghani’s waited in line for hours at the Kabul airport, in an effort to board flights exiting out of Afghanistan.
The Taliban Takeover
The images below depict the takeover:
People desperately fled into the Kabul Airport, storming the evacuation planes, in fear of their lives.
The White House
Meanwhile President Biden attempted to address the situation, ensuring America had a proper evacuation strategy.
The Exit Tragedy
U.S. Pilots spoke on one of the last flights out of Afghanistan. Hearing their chilling exit details brings the violence and tragedy of Afghanistan that much closer to our doorstep, shedding light on the horrors resulting from the Talibans quick rise to power.
“I feel if we had delayed, even a little longer than we did, then the aircraft would have been engulfed by a mob and we would not have been able to go anywhere,” Pakistani International Airline Pilot Maqsood Birjani stated.
“All I could see was military traffic and unauthorized persons entering the airport. Gunships were dropping flares for their protection,” he continued. “The situation was so unpredictable and I had to keep my passengers calm, for which my cabin crew is to be commended as well as the security staff onboard.”
“Then, keeping the volatile situation in mind, I discussed with my first officer that if we had to we would depart the aircraft without clearance, keeping in mind my responsibilities towards my passengers, company and my country,” Birjani reportedly said, noting that “in my mind I was thinking God forbid if we are caught or kept in Afghanistan, we could be used as hostages and I was worried for the safety of my passengers and crew.”
“My first officer agreed with me and we decided that approved or not we were departing, as we could not stay where we were,” he added.