Category: Terrorism

A Few Good Men

ABC News;

With the Taliban growing more violent and adding checkpoints near Kabul’s airport, an all-volunteer group of American veterans of the Afghan war launched a final daring mission on Wednesday night dubbed the “Pineapple Express” to shepherd hundreds of at-risk Afghan elite forces and their families to safety, members of the group told ABC News.

Moving after nightfall in near-pitch black darkness and extremely dangerous conditions, the group said it worked unofficially in tandem with the United States military and U.S. embassy to move people, sometimes one person at a time, or in pairs, but rarely more than a small bunch, inside the wire of the U.S. military-controlled side of Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The Pineapple Express’ mission was underway Thursday when the attack occurred in Kabul. A suicide bomber believed to have been an ISIS fighter killed at least 13 U.S. service members — 10 U.S. Marines, a Navy corpsman, an Army soldier and another service member — and wounded 15 other service members, according to U.S. officials.

There were wounded among the Pineapple Express travelers from the blast, and members of the group said they were assessing whether unaccounted-for Afghans they were helping had been killed.

As of Thursday morning, the group said it had brought as many as 500 Afghan special operators, assets and enablers and their families into the airport in Kabul overnight, handing them each over to the protective custody of the U.S. military.

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Canada’s Shame

Kevin Newman: The canal where the bomb went off was the only way out

The only way out of Afghanistan for hundreds of approved immigrants to Canada was through a sewage canal bordering the Kabul airport. On Thursday, an explosive device was detonated at that site.

Until early Wednesday, soldiers from Canada had joined other nations guarding that canal. Then they left and, according to eyewitness texts and images, were replaced by armed Taliban fighters.

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Explosions At Kabul

Bumped for Update: New explosions reported in Kabul in the past few minutes.

Just felt the shockwave of very large explosion in Kabul. The whole house shook. #Afghanistan.

More here from @HabibKhanT.

“We have reached out to the Taliban…”It’s bizarre listening to the commander of CENTCOM say we are relying on the Taliban to protect us and we are sharing intelligence with them.

(Reports from earlier in the day continue below.)

@AndrewDesiderio

BREAKING — Our sources describe absolute mayhem right now at HKIA.

-Several U.S. casualties
-U.S. troops returned fire after first explosion
-NATO troops ordered to leave airport gates immediately

Nobody knows anything, but I’ll try to update as reliable information come out. (Some of the purported photos being retweeted by blue checkmarks include scenes of old events).

Updates follow below.

Chaos and Confusion at the Kabul Airport as the 82nd Airborne Begins Evacuation Ahead of Schedule

There are multiple reports of an explosion at the Abbey Gate at the Kabul airport. According to Glenn Beck, this is the British gate and there are preliminary reports of a dozen injured British citizens. Beck reports that three U.S. Marines have been injured in the blast and one infant has been killed. He is live on air from the region and stated that the 82nd Airborne is beginning to evacuate as we speak. Private planes from his non-profit, assisting in the evacuation, are still at the airport, and confusion and chaos abound. […] Journalist Lara Logan is also in the region attempting to assist in facilitating evacuations. In monitoring the situation, she reports speaking to special operations officers who are vomiting as they realize they will be evacuated and leave Americans and their allies behind.

Flights halted: The Taliban have blocked all roads to the airport and are not letting anyone through — even if they have a passport from a Western country.

The adults are back in charge: U.S. Leaving Behind 75,000 Vehicles, 600,000 Weapons, 208 Aircraft In Afghanistan

With at least twelve US service members now reported dead, a question from @JackPosobiec: Where is the President?

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