According to a report from outside Kabul’s airport, the situation in Afghanistan has become so dangerous, tense, and time-sensitive that even battle-hardened troops said they have never seen anything like it.
Stuart Ramsay, reporting for Sky News early Saturday morning, recounted what he observed in what is now the second weekend of a mad scramble out of Afghanistan for westerners and Afghan citizens attempting to flee the Taliban.
“Every day the scene outside the British evacuation camp changes, every day it seems to get worse and this day there is a new sense of desperation,” Ramsay reported.
“Collectively I think the thousands queuing outside in burning temperatures know that the clock is ticking on how long this airlift will go on for,” he added.
“The narrow road that passes the compound, so often jammed with people right up to the doors of the entrance, is now blocked by two shipping containers,” Ramsay reported. “It means that there is at least some breathing space for the soldiers to attempt to process people — although it’s still chaotic.”
“Beyond the containers and beyond a line of paratroopers standing behind riot shields, it is quite simply horrendous,” he added.
As more and more people flock to the city’s airport every day, the situation at the airport gate has become the epicenter of desperation.
US and British forces are stationed on one side of the buffer zone between anarchy and the possibility of evacuation. Taliban fighters, on the other hand, have been accused of widespread cruelty.
Everyone else is caught in the middle, Ramsay reported.
Ramsay described the situation as “utterly horrifying,” stating that growing crowds had gathered and that many individuals were reported to have perished on Saturday morning.
Soldiers who spoke to Ramsay said the situation on Saturday was the “worst thing they have ever seen in their entire careers,” he said.
According to Sky News, Americans, Britons, and Canadians are attempting to break through the line, but some are failing. The situation appears to be even more dangerous for Afghans, who know what awaits them if they stay after the rescue operation is completed.
People are being evacuated by British paratroopers and American soldiers, many of whom do not have the necessary paperwork to leave the country. The historic airlift, on the other hand, is devoid of order.
Ramsay described the situation as one of “pandemonium.”
Despite endless reports to the contrary from the ground, the Biden administration has defended the ongoing Afghan crisis as unavoidable.
George Stephanopoulos with ABC News on Wednesday told Biden of reports of “pandemonium outside the airport.”
Biden responded, “Oh, there is. But, look — but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”