Former U.S. military spokesman for Afghanistan
Former US Army Afghan commentator trapped in Kabul following US withdrawal seeks help from Joe Biden, who helped save Afghanistan from the 2008 snowstorm Published Wednesday Wall Street Journal . “Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family. Don’t forget me here,” pleads Mohammed, who has not given his last name since fearing his life since the Taliban returned to power. The man has since gone into hiding with his family. “I can’t get out, I’m so scared,” he says.
The former commentator, who was stationed at Bagram Airbase, was part of a unit that came to the rescue of three senators, including Joe Biden, who visited Afghanistan in February 2008, when their helicopter, which had been caught in a snowstorm, had to make an emergency landing in a valley of about thirty kilometers. According to a former soldier who was interviewed by the newspaper, from the grassroots. Once the three selected officers were safe, Mohammed stood guard around the plane for thirty hours and waited for the favorable weather window to re-emerge.
Mohammed applied for a special immigrant visa issued to those who had served in the U.S. military. But according to Arizona National Guard Sergeant Brian Gente, who was part of the rescue mission, the company that hired him lost the necessary documents. After the Taliban’s victory, Mohammed tested his luck at Kabul airport, where a large-scale evacuation operation took place. But American soldiers refused to allow his family to accompany him.
In response to a newspaper query, House Banquet spokesman Jen Zaki on Tuesday assured that the United States would continue to work to evacuate its Afghan allies. “Our message (to Muhammad) is: Thank you for being with us for the last 20 years,” she said. “We will send you.”
A Washington Post It also describes the situation of Mike, another former Afghan commentator with a green card who now lives in the United States. Returning to Afghanistan to evacuate his family, he hid around Kabul with his wife, three children, parents, two brothers and a sister. Zack Disbro, his former commander in 2012, said he waited 36 hours in front of the airport gate but could not get through.
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