Volunteer group of American veterans rescue hundreds of at-risk Afghans in secret operation

The special forces vets began venturing outside of the U.S. military-controlled perimeter around Hamid Karzai International Airport, defying orders from the Biden administration to rescue colleagues and those who are vulnerable trapped in Kabul. 

Volunteer group of American veterans rescue hundreds of at-risk Afghans in secret operation
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American veterans of the United States special forces have “secretly rescued” hundreds of members of Afghanistan’s Special Forces and their families in recent days — allies who had been “left for dead” by the Biden administration. 

As reported by the Daily Mail on Friday, the operation, codenamed “Pineapple Express,” involved a “group of special op soldiers including retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders” who were inspired to take matters into their own hands “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 ‘pineapple’ to be put on a plane by the Marines on the ground. Some also showed the troops pictures of pineapples on their phones,” the outlet continued.

After rescuing their former colleagues out of the war-torn country, the special forces vets began venturing outside of the U.S. military-controlled perimeter around Hamid Karzai International Airport, defying orders from the Biden administration to rescue colleagues and those who are vulnerable trapped in Kabul. 

“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,” ABC News added.

“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,” the outlet wrote.

The operation came to be known following a terrorist attack that ripped through Kabul on Thursday, leaving at least 110 dead, including 13 U.S. servicemen. 

The explosion reportedly affected some of the “Pineapple Express” evacuees, but it is not yet known if any have been killed by the blast. 

“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,” task force founder Col. Scott Mann, a former Green Beret, said.

Those who assisted in the Task Force Pineapple efforts to save U.S. allies knowingly defied orders from President Biden, with Mann saying the Biden administration demanded they stay within airport walls, reportedly over President Joe Biden’s fear of a “Black Hawk Down” moment.

“This Herculean effort couldn’t have been done without the unofficial heroes inside the airfield who defied their orders to not help beyond the airport perimeter, by wading into sewage canals and pulling in these targeted people who were flashing pineapples on their phones,” Mann said.

“With the uniformed U.S. military unable to venture outside the airport’s perimeter to collect Americans and Afghans who’ve sought U.S. protection for their past joint service, they instead provided overwatch and awaited coordinated movements by an informal Pineapple Express ground team that included “conductors” led by former Green Beret Capt. Zac Lois, known as the underground railroad’s ‘engineer,'” ABC News reported.

Lois told ABC that he was proud of and astounded by the effort of the servicemen. 

“That is an astounding number for an organization that was only assembled days before the start of operations and most of its members had never met each other in person,” he said.

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  • By Ezra Levant

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