Afghanistan evacuation continues after ISIS bomb attack

US special forces vets launch mission to get Afghan allies out amid Biden’s chaotic withdrawal: Pentagon pushes on with evacuation of 8.5K despite threat of ANOTHER ISIS attack after suicide bomber killed 13 American troops and 170 ander mense

  • A group of American Afghanistan veterans are in Kabul on a volunteer mission getting people to the airport
  • They include retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders who want to help the Afghan commandos that helped them in the war
  • They have been going out at night to escort Afghans to the airport on foot under the cover of darkness
  • They have also teamed up with soldiers at the airport who are defying orders to let them in
  • The vulnerable Afghans were using the password ‘pineappleto identify themselves at airport gates
  • They have changed the password after speaking to the media about the operation
  • It comes as the US government scrambles to evacuate up to 1,000 Americans and thousand more Afghans from Kabul by Tuesday night
  • Op Donderdag, the mission became even more dangerous when ISIS launched a suicide bomb attack
  • 170 civilians were killed along with 13 US troops by a suicide bomber in a vest and a car bomb
  • Biden – whose handling of the withdrawal has been widely condemnedsaid evacuations would continue
  • On Thursday it emerged he had given a list of the names of vulnerable Afghans to the Taliban
  • His administration thought naively that the Taliban would help evacuate the people on the list
  • Former President Trump called it ‘kill listthat will seal their deaths
  • A group of American war veterans in Kabul are secretly saving hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families who helped them in the war but have now been left for dead as the US withdraws from Afghanistan.

    The group of special op soldiers includes retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders who launched the mission, which they are calling Pineapple Express, after one of the Afghan commandos they served with contacted them to say he was on the run from the Taliban. His visa had not been approved when the Taliban took over on August 14 and thousands ran for the airport.

    The special ops soldiers first devised a system with US troops at the airport where they sent their comrades to a gate and told them to identify themselves with the password ‘pineappleto be put on a plane by the Marines on the ground. Some also showed the troops pictures of pineapples on their phones.

    After successfully getting hundreds through that way, the special ops teams started going into Kabul, behind enemy lines, to rescue more of their comrades and their families in the cover of darkness.

    It’s unclear how long they have been in Afghanistan and how they got there but some of those involved spoke to ABC Nuus about the mission on Friday, explaining they simply could not leave their comrades behind.

    ‘I just want to get my people out,’ said one of the retired troops involved while another said the Afghan allies they were saving had a prouder sense of Democracy than some Americans.

    Their astonishingly courageous efforts have saved hundreds while Biden and his team have bungled the evacuation mission by haphazardly telling some US citizens and allies to go to the airport while rejecting visas for others and leaving any Americans to fend for themselves. They are one of several ad-hoc volunteer groups on the ground that are frantically trying to save people before time runs out.

    The disastrous government rescue mission became even more tragic on Thursday when ISIS bombers targeted the crowds at the airport, slaughtering 170 people with a suicide bomb that also killed 13 Amerikaanse troepe.

    It has since emerged that Biden’s administration also gave a list of Afghan allies’ name aan die Taliban in die naïewe hoop dat hulle hulle sou help om hulle uit te haal. Former President Donald Trump called it a ‘kill list’ dat alles behalwe hul dood gewaarborg het.

    The US now one of the only nations still evacuating from Kabul amid increasing threats of another ISIS attack.

    A group of volunteer Afghanistan veterans smuggled into Kabul this week to save hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families by getting them to the airport to be put on flights out of the city. The men made their own way into Kabul after watching the bungled evacuation from afar. The ad-hoc group have been able to get more than 600 vulnerable Afghans to the airport to be put on flights

    A group of volunteer Afghanistan veterans smuggled into Kabul this week to save hundreds of Afghan Special Forces troops and their families by getting them to the airport to be put on flights out of the city. The men made their own way into Kabul after watching the bungled evacuation from afar. The ad-hoc group have been able to get more than 600 vulnerable Afghans to the airport to be put on flights

    Afghan refugees are pictured on one of the flights out of Kabul after being escorted to the airport by a group of volunteer special ops veterans

    Afghan refugees are pictured on one of the flights out of Kabul after being escorted to the airport by a group of volunteer special ops veterans

    Some of the Afghans being helped by Pineapple Express were injured in yesterday’s suicide bomb attack but it’s unclear if any were killed. The US has just four days to get as many s 1,000 Americans out plus another 5,000 Afghans who helped in the war.

    Generaal Kenneth McKenzie, who is running the US operation on the ground in Kabul, warned on Thursday that another ISIS attackspecifically a car bomb similar to one used on Thursdaywas imminent.

    The death toll from the attack at the airport is now 170. Thirteen US troops were killed, the first American lives lost since the evacuation carnage began on August 14.

    All evacuation flights must stop by Tuesday night and the US must start putting troops and equipment on the planes soon.

    ‘He was not willing to let his father and his brother behind; even it meant he would die. He refused to leave his family. Leaving a man behind is not in our SEAL ethos. Many Afghans have a stronger vision of our democratic values than many Americans do.
    Retired SEAL Commander Dan O’Shea, part of Pineapple Express mission

    It leaves a tiny window of opportunity for thousands of people who want to flee to get out, diminishing the hope of many Afghans who have not been given special interest visas and must now make a run for the border in Pakistan or stay and live under Taliban rule.

    One of the veterans who took part in the Pineapple Express mission was a retired Green Beret known as ‘Lawrence of Afghanistan’.

    ‘I have been involved in some of the most incredible missions and operations that a special forces guy could be a part of, and I have never been a part of anything more incredible than this.

    ‘The bravery and courage and commitment of my brothers and sisters in the Pineapple community was greater than the U.S. commitment on the battlefield. I just want to get my people out,’ he told ABC News

    Retired SEAL Commander Dan O’Shea accompanied a U.S. burger, who served as an operative, and his Afghan father and his father on foot.

    ‘He was not willing to let his father and his brother behind; even it meant he would die. He refused to leave his family.

    ‘Leaving a man behind is not in our SEAL ethos. Many Afghans have a stronger vision of our democratic values than many Americans do.

    Before Thursday’s attack, 'n ander 130 were smuggled to the airport to be put on flights.

    ‘Dozens of high-risk individuals, families with small children, orphans, and pregnant women, were secretly moved through the streets of Kabul throughout the night and up to just seconds before ISIS detonated a bomb into the huddled mass of Afghans seeking safety and freedom,’ Army Lt. Kol. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret commander, aan ABC gesê.

    Amerikaanse soldate van die XVIII Airborne Corps in posisie wat toesig hou oor die Hamid Karzai Internasionale Lughawe in Kaboel, Afghanistan, on Aug 27, 2021

    Amerikaanse soldate van die XVIII Airborne Corps in posisie wat toesig hou oor die Hamid Karzai Internasionale Lughawe in Kaboel, Afghanistan, on Aug 27, 2021

    Amerikaanse soldate van die XVIII Airborne Corps in posisie wat toesig hou oor die Hamid Karzai Internasionale Lughawe in Kaboel, Afghanistan, on Aug 27, 2021

    Amerikaanse soldate van die XVIII Airborne Corps in posisie wat toesig hou oor die Hamid Karzai Internasionale Lughawe in Kaboel, Afghanistan, on Aug 27, 2021

    Dit is die nasleep van die aanval op Donderdag buite die lughawe in Kaboel. 170 mense is dood in die bomaanval en meer is op hande, Amerikaanse generaals gewaarsku

    Dit is die nasleep van die aanval op Donderdag buite die lughawe in Kaboel. 170 mense is dood in die bomaanval en meer is op hande, Amerikaanse generaals gewaarsku

    'N Taliban -vegter staan ​​wag op die plek van die selfmoordbom, wat talle mense doodgemaak het, insluitend 13 Amerikaanse troepe, en Kaboel lughawe

    'N Taliban -vegter staan ​​wag op die plek van die selfmoordbom, wat talle mense doodgemaak het, insluitend 13 Amerikaanse troepe, en Kaboel lughawe

    Tasse en puin weggegooi buite die hek van die lughawe waar een van die selfmoordbomme Donderdag afgegaan het, doodmaak 170 mense

    Tasse en puin weggegooi buite die hek van die lughawe waar een van die selfmoordbomme Donderdag afgegaan het, doodmaak 170 mense

    Klere en bloedvlekke van Afghaanse mense wat gewag het om ontruim te word, word op die plek van Augustus gesien 26 selfmoordbom

    Klere en bloedvlekke van Afghaanse mense wat gewag het om ontruim te word, word op die plek van Augustus gesien 26 selfmoordbom

    Naasbestaandes vervoer die kis van een van die slagoffers van die aanval Vrydagoggend weg van die lughawe

    Naasbestaandes vervoer die kis van een van die slagoffers van die aanval Vrydagoggend weg van die lughawe

    Western countries have been scrambling for the last two weeks to get their people out of Afghanistan before the deadline and their missions were hurried even more when President Joe Biden refused to extend it this week.

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    Thursday’s suicide attackswhich claimed the lives of 13 US troops and 90 Afghanswere the final nail in the coffin for many.

    Britain’s evacuation flights will finish on Friday, despite there being dual nationality citizens still stuck along with some allies.

    British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Friday: ‘It is with deep regret that not everyone has been able to be evacuated during this process.

    ‘The threat is obviously going to grow the closer we get to leaving.

    ‘The narrative is always going to be, as we leave, certain groups such as ISIS will want to stake a claim that they have driven out the U.S. or the UK.

    Canada has also halted flights, leaving some citizens behind.

    'Die regering van Kanada erken dat daar 'n aantal mense in Afghanistan is, Kanadese burgers ingesluit, permanente inwoners, hul gesinne, en aansoekers onder programme vir Afghanen, 'n regeringskennisgewing wat gisteraand uitgestuur is, wat verkry is deur CBC Nuus, gesê.

    Gen.. Wayne Eyre, the acting chief of the defense staff, said most of the Canadian personnel still in the country left but a small contingent stayed behind to support allies on the ground who have no hope of getting out.

    Biden – wat Donderdagaand onder ondervraging verbrokkel het toe hy met die dodetal van die lughawe -aanval gekonfronteer is – het geweier om die sperdatum terug te keer om geallieerde lande meer tyd te gee om hul mense uit te haal.

    'Dit is in ons belang om betyds te vertrek, op teiken,’ Biden Donderdagaand gesê.

    The US is relying on the Taliban’s cooperation to let people through to the airport.

    Amerikaanse. amptenare in Kaboel het die Taliban 'n lys van name van Amerikaanse burgers gegee, groen kaarthouers en Afghaanse bondgenote om toegang tot die buitekant van die lughawe toe te staan.

    Die stap is beskryf as 'n ernstige veiligheidsverval, met een verdedigingsbron wat aan Politico gesê het: ‘Basies, hulle het net al die Afghanen op 'n moordlys geplaas.’

    Trump aan Fox News gesê: 'Nou gee ons lyste van Amerikaners aan die Taliban, so nou klop u net aan die deur en gryp hulle en haal hulle uit…

    'Wat u nou kyk, gaan net erger word, it can only go one way.

    ‘We look like fools all over the world. Ons is swak, ons is pateties, ons word gelei deur mense wat geen idee het wat hulle doen nie,’ hy het bygevoeg.

    Only US citizens and visa holders are being removed, en in die volgende paar dae, die fokus sal daarop fokus om troepe en toerusting te verwyder.

    Afgaanse vlugtelinge arriveer Vrydag by die Rota -lugbasis in Spanje. Die vliegbasis word gedeel deur Amerikaanse en Spaanse militêre magte

    Afgaanse vlugtelinge arriveer Vrydag by die Rota -lugbasis in Spanje. Die vliegbasis word gedeel deur Amerikaanse en Spaanse militêre magte

    President Joe Biden het Donderdagaand verbrokkel toe hy vrae van verslaggewers oor die selfmoordbomaanvalle gevra het

    President Joe Biden het Donderdagaand verbrokkel toe hy vrae van verslaggewers oor die selfmoordbomaanvalle gevra het

    Britse soldate beveilig die omtrek buite die Baron Hotel, naby die Abbey Gate, in Kaboel, Afghanistan, Donderdag, Aug.. 26, 2021. Die laaste Britse vlugte vertrek vandag

    Britse soldate beveilig die omtrek buite die Baron Hotel, naby die Abbey Gate, in Kaboel, Afghanistan, Donderdag, Aug.. 26, 2021. Die laaste Britse vlugte vertrek vandag

    Op Donderdag, Generaal Kenneth McKenzie, die bevelvoerende generaal op die grond, het gesê hy verwag meer bomaanvalle op die lughawe, maar dat die missie sou voortgaan ondanks die bedreiging.

    President Biden has been widely condemned for creating the crowds at the airport that ISIS attacked by failing to get everyone out of the region before withdrawing his troops abruptly earlier this year.

    Dit het net geneem 11 days for the Taliban to sweep through the country that the US maintained peace in for nearly 20 jare.

    Duisende mans, vroue en kinders probeer nog steeds vlug Taliban, but their hopes are fading fast as the US and its allies are packing up their rescue operations ahead of the Tuesday deadline.

    Mense stroom nog steeds in die kanaal rondom die lughawe, standing in waters which were yesterday filled with the blood of scores of people after a bomb tore through the crowd.

    Beeldmateriaal van die grond onthul 'n toneel van totale wanhoop, met geskreeu en gehuil onder die Afghanen, sommige sien hoe hulle teen die mure uit die kanaal klim en ander wat met bagasie bo -op hul koppe deurdwaal.

    Op een plek, tientalle Taliban -lede met swaar wapens oor 500 meter van die lughawe af het iemand verhinder om vorentoe te waag.

    Desperate enough to risk their lives: Afghans trying to flee Kabul return to fetid canal where suicide bomber blew himself just the day before, in almost hopeless attempt to get on one of the last planes out

    Desperate Afghans trying to flee Kabul have returned to the fetid canal outside the airport where a suicide bomber blew himself up as the final hours of evacuation tick down.

    Flights resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after a double suicide bombing killed at least 103 mense, insluitend 13 Amerikaanse. service personnel.

    Duisende mans, vroue en kinders probeer nog steeds vlug Taliban, but their hopes are fading fast as the US and its allies are packing up their rescue operations ahead of the Tuesday deadline.

    British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said today that the ‘gates were closedand that the UK’s final evacuation flights would end within hours.

    He said soldiers would try to ‘find a few people in the crowdsbut admitted that not everyone will be flown out to safety.

    Wallace estimated around 1,100 Afghans eligible for evacuation would be left behind by the UK, terwyl tot 150 Britons would not be flown home.

    Washington said on Thursday that more than 100,000 people had been safely evacuated from Kabul, but that as many as 1,000 Amerikaanse. citizens are still struggling to leave.

    Crowds pack into the open sewer which runs around the airport perimeter just hours after it was the scene of carnage when a suicide bomber blew himself up

    The scene of carnage after a suicide bomber blew himself up on Thursday

    TODAY and YESTERDAY: Crowds pack into the open sewer which runs around the airport perimeter (links) just hours after it was the scene of carnage when a suicide bomber blew himself up

    Afghans desperate to flee the country returned to the fetid canal which runs the perimeter of Kabul airport

    Afghans desperate to flee the country returned to the fetid canal which runs the perimeter of Kabul airport

    Afghans desperate to flee the country returned to the fetid canal which runs the perimeter of Kabul airport

    Joe Biden promised to ‘rescue the Americans, we will get our Afghan allies out, and our mission will go on.

    But as the crowd becomes more frantic as the deadline looms, so too does the risk of a further terror attack.

    Wallace said: ‘The threat is obviously going to grow the closer we get to leaving. The narrative is always going to be, as we leave, certain groups such as ISIS will want to stake a claim that they have driven out the U.S. or the UK.

    Mense stroom nog steeds in die kanaal rondom die lughawe, standing in waters which were yesterday filled with the blood of scores of people after a bomb tore through the crowd.

    Beeldmateriaal van die grond onthul 'n toneel van totale wanhoop, met geskreeu en gehuil onder die Afghanen, sommige sien hoe hulle teen die mure uit die kanaal klim en ander wat met bagasie bo -op hul koppe deurdwaal.

    Taliban fighters stand guard as they block the road to Kabul airport on Friday, a day after the deadly blasts

    Taliban fighters stand guard as they block the road to Kabul airport on Friday, a day after the deadly blasts

    Op een plek, tientalle Taliban -lede met swaar wapens oor 500 meter van die lughawe af het iemand verhinder om vorentoe te waag.

    Crowds of people gathered at Kabul’s Emergency Hospital to collect the bodies of loved ones after the bombings outside the airport.

    A boy sobbed in the back of a car, squeezed beside the coffin of a relative killed in the devastating blasts that quickly overwhelmed the city’s hospitals.

    Bowing his reddened face between his crossed arms and wiping away tears with his scarf, the youngster stared down at the plywood box, wrapped shut with a white sheet.

    Another Afghan, Abdul Majeed, came to the clinic to look for his brother, an 11th-grade student who was at the airport with no documents or papers, desperate to escape the ‘troublesof his home country.

    ‘He wanted to fly abroad,’ Majeed told AFP.

    'Ongelukkig, he’s missing after the back-to-back blasts.

    Majeed said overnight he saw hundreds of people, dead and alive, brought to the hospital, a major trauma clinic.

    ‘I saw every one with my own eyes. My brother was not among them,’ hy het gesê.

    ‘Since yesterday, I have searched all the hospitals in Kabul but I have failed to find him.

    Majeed said his younger brother was a talented student, but ‘such an atmosphere has been developed in Afghanistan that everyone wants to go abroad, and that’s because of the troubles here.

    Others also came on foot, exhausted after a sleepless night, to sit in groups on the pavement outside the walls of the medical centre, waiting for news from within.

    One man emerged from the gates clutching his mobile phone, showing a picture to those gathered outside of a loved one receiving treatment.

    The bomb victim is lying in a bed, his eyes closed and face bandaged.

    In a tweet on Friday, the hospital said the ‘situation is still quite critical’.

    ‘Our three operating theatres in the hospital have been working all night longthe last surgery was at 4am.

    ‘We have people in intensive care, in sub-intensive care.

    The bombings on Thursday marked the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011.