Retired Green Beret commander Scott Mann, who is assisting in the evacuation of Afghan allies, said on “Fox & Friends” that the Taliban is preventing Americans from entering the Kabul airport gate to board flights.
Scott Mann warned that as the withdrawal deadline approaches, hundreds of Americans will be trapped behind enemy lines.
There are hundreds of American citizens right now who are not able to get in. Yesterday, there was a bus of up to 50 American citizens with many small children within sight of the gate. The Taliban were not only not letting them in, they were firing over their heads, firing around the bus with these little kids on there. Imagine sitting on that bus with your kids, enduring that for hours at a time, never got in. This is happening all over the city. We’re going to have American citizens and Afghan allies behind enemy lines within a few hours.
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U.S. Veterans escort hundreds of Afghan allies to airport for evacuation
Thousands of Afghan collaborators remain trapped in the war-torn country, desperate to escape the Taliban, as the August 31 withdrawal deadline approaches.
On Wednesday night, an informal group of former American Afghan war fighters known as “Task Force Pineapple” escorted up to 500 Afghan allies and their families to Kabul’s airport for emergency evacuation.
Collaborating with the U.S. military and embassy, the volunteer veterans brigade helped refugees navigate the treacherous journey through Taliban territory to the secure U.S. boarding zone at Hamid Karzai International Airport, members of the group told ABC News.
The covert mission, coined “Pineapple Express,” continued through the night and into Thursday, coinciding with the terrorist suicide bombings involving detonated explosive devices in Kabul that killed at least 13 U.S. service members and injured 15 others.
“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. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret commander who directed the quasi-independent operation explained.