Americans Try to Save People Left Behind in Afghanistan (PART 2)

Taliban Convoy goes through the streets of Kabul. / Screenshot via NBC via YouTube

ANALYSIS – Over the past month I have been involved in a major effort to save Americans and vetted, at-risk Afghans left behind in Afghanistan. Our private, volunteer group, ‘PLAN B’ – the Afghan Rescue Crew (ARC) – only one of many groups, has had many successes, especially in the earlier part of the effort.

This is a continuation from Part 1.

NR adds that:

ARC is attempting to simultaneously evacuate several different groups. Some Afghans are not necessarily high-value targets, but are members of religious groups, including Christians, who expect to be oppressed and abused with the Taliban back in power.

Then there are interpreters and other Afghans who worked with U.S. and coalition forces, who don’t know if they’re on the Taliban’s target list but suspect that they will be targeted by retribution. And then there are what Thrower calls “super high-value targets,” who know for certain that they’re on the Taliban’s list for violent retribution. “In many cases, they’ve been called or texted by the Taliban with threats. They’re moving from place to place. Many of them are members of the Afghan government.”

But Thrower also notes that the ARC has hundreds of American citizens and Green Card holders desperately trying to escape, even as Team Biden insists less than 100 remain behind.

The problem is many won’t leave without their immediate family members who may not have U.S. passports, or any passport at all. This being the most recent “Taliban” requirement.

Beyond that NR notes, “Thrower fumes about the U.S. State Department’s refusal to extricate people quickly for fear that some terrorists may be hiding among them. She says her organization has 2,500 to 3,000 people that are completely vetted, including former U.S. military interpreters, officials in the Afghan government, and diplomats.”

I would vouch for that, as I personally vetted hundreds myself, and hundreds more were vetted by ex U.S. military officers and other U.S., or allied agencies.

From what I observed over these past several weeks, potentially thousands of unvetted Afghans were flown out of the country on U.S. military or other flights in the early chaos, while many vetted, deserving people in groups like ours, were left behind or blocked from leaving.

And the danger to these deserving at-risk people left behind is increasing daily. Our team has “people who are going missing and getting killed every day.” We hear accounts from Afghans who made it out, as well as the horrifying stories of those left behind.

As Thrower said, PLAN B- the ARC is more than willing to work with the administration in any good faith effort to save lives. But “Let’s just get somebody out!” ADN

* Please help us KEEP SAVING LIVES by supporting our ongoing Afghan Evacuation Effort – ‘PLAN B’ – the ARC (Afghan Rescue Crew).

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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DetroitDom
DetroitDom
12 days ago

Here’s an idea . . . . drop Tony Blinken, Gen. Milley and the others involved in this fiasco, into Afghanistan. Let’s see how quickly their demeanor changes then!!!

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
11 days ago
Reply to  DetroitDom

AGREED!

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
12 days ago

“China must adhere to international laws”, tell that to Hongkong , tell thay to cyber space security folks, tell that to Taiwan, Biden has not been good for the American family, maybe the illegals, Biden has not been good for our energy reliance systems maybe the Russia energy industry, Biden has not been good for our farmers/food chain supply, but great for China’s food chain and industry. United Kingdom and Australia should be concerned about Biden interest, as much as they are about the Chinese. The current way Biden has treated our allies, our borders, crime, corruption should be a warning for the future events. United States is set to announce a new alliance with Australia and the United Kingdom that will focus on sharing advanced technologies in an effort to combat Chinese aggression. Hope all our Generals feel the same way, as well as Hunter Biden who represents the biden retirement plan.

Jawad
Jawad
12 days ago

Excellent points. Beijing Biden has proved himself a faithless dissimulator. How can he rationally be expected to honor any alliance? He will break it and pass the blame to Donald Trump.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
12 days ago

Estd Op Entebbe Eagle to rescue SIVs & Americans from the Stan
NGO Op
Public private venture
See IDF Model for 1976 raid

Jawad
Jawad
12 days ago

Afghani Christians to be ‘oppressed and abused?’ How about tortured and beheaded?

Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley
11 days ago

The favor should be returned to biden. The traitor in chief, should get his sorry behind dropped in Afghanistan, AND LEFT THERE!

Joe
Joe
11 days ago

We need to trade hidenbiden, and his totally incompetent, administration,the generals,milley,austin,mckenzie,blinken,sullivan, and all other minions, involved in this disaster, and catastrophe of leaving Americans as hostages in Afghanistan. This trade should get most of the Americans out who want leave, then the taliban can do what they want with these traitors.


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