September 1, 2021

US Veterans Go Rogue to Rescue American Allies in Afghanistan

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By: Konrad Holden

In Brief: 
In August, a small group of former US Special Forces veterans went on a private mission to rescue Afghan allies and get them to safety. The group of Afghans included former Afghan special forces operators, their families, and other civilian allies. Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret, led the group of Americans who saved an estimated 630 American allies from sure death at the hands of the Taliban.

The Background: 
When the people in charge aren’t willing to do what needs to be done, new leaders emerge.

That’s what happened when a group of former US Special Forces members did what Biden was unwilling to do: keep our promise to hundreds of our native allies on the ground in Afghanistan.

The small group of soldiers called “Task Force Pineapple” carried out an underground-railroad-like mission to locate and evacuate nearly 650 former Afghan special forces members, civilian allies, and their families who helped US troops over the past 20 years.

The mission, called “Pineapple Express,” was done without approval from the Biden administration, though US military forces on the ground received Afghans who were rescued during the mission.

The Biden administration finished out an August 31st full withdrawal as they promised the Taliban, even with more Americans and Afghan allies left behind. There are continued private efforts to evacuate Americans who still need help.

Notable Quotes: 

“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, retired Green Beret Commander

“Our own government didn't do this. We did what we should do, as Americans." - Jason Redman, former Navy Seal involved with the operation

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