20,000 Afghan commandos left behind, lawmakers and veterans call on Biden to rescue them

It is four months since the United States left Afghanistan, leaving behind thousands of allies who worked side by side with the U.S. military for 20 years.

While the administration boasts that it evacuated over 120,000 Afghans – a majority were not Afghan interpreters or their families, officials say. The Biden administration has promised to help vulnerable Afghans escape, but some lawmakers and veterans say the government has no plans to rescue perhaps the most critical ally: Afghan commandos. A group built from scratch by the US Special Operations Forces.

A US soldier is playing with newly evacuated Afghan children.

A US soldier is playing with newly evacuated Afghan children.
(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)

Those who served with them say the Afghan commandos accounted for most of the fighting and endured horrific losses all the way until the last US evacuation flight departed.

U.S. officials say more than 20,000 Afghan commandos have been evacuated.

“The Taliban are chasing them,” the rep said. Mike Waltz, R-Fla, the first green beret elected to Congress, in an interview with Fox News.

“The administration just wants this to go away. They just want to turn the page. It’s one of the most heartless things I’ve ever encountered,” he added.

Critics of the administration believe no one has been held responsible for leaving Afghanistan. At one point last summer, the plan was to leave 650 U.S. troops at the U.S. embassy in Kabul and maintain a diplomatic presence.

Taliban fighters stand guard next to a Taliban flag during a rally where Afghan Hazara elders promised their support for the country's new Taliban rulers in Kabul on November 25, 2021.

Taliban fighters stand guard next to a Taliban flag during a rally where Afghan Hazara elders promised their support for the country’s new Taliban rulers in Kabul on November 25, 2021.
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Today the embassy is abandoned. The Taliban control Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years.

“I think a lot of people should have been fired over the handling of Afghanistan and not just in this administration,” said Scott Mann, a former green beret and veteran of the Afghan war who founded the Task Force Pineapple to rescue the bereaved. . .

Task Force Pineapple rescued an estimated 1,000 Afghans during the fall of Kabul, and helped Afghan allies escape on U.S. Air Force transport planes and in other ways. Today, Mann estimates that 6,000 Afghan commandos and their families are being kept alive thanks to the tireless efforts of veterans and through private donations.

Mann said 20 babies have been born in safe houses funded by the Task Force Pineapple.

“When you build a partner force, invest in it, and wholesale give them up – you’ve created a national security risk,” Mann says, believing that potential allies will think twice about helping the United States in the future.

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Last month, Capitol Hill lawmakers, including Waltz, sent a letter to President Biden’s defense secretary and top diplomat, demanding that Afghan commandos be granted Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status, which they do not currently have.

“Their situation deserves urgent attention as they cannot return home safely,” the letter reads, signed along with a group of 11 two-partisan lawmakers.

US President Joe Biden makes remarks on the situation in Afghanistan in the White House's eastern space on August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden makes remarks on the situation in Afghanistan in the White House’s eastern space on August 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images)

Outside the Department of Homeland Security in the country’s capital on Wednesday, in freezing temperatures, dozens of Afghans demanded that the Biden administration pay more attention to the situation of Afghan commandos.

“Videos are coming out now on social media that the Taliban are gathering people not to work with US forces or foreign forces, but to have a picture with a soldier from the national army,” said an Afghan who could not be immediately identified. .

Mann predicted that one day the U.S. military will have to return to Afghanistan to fight terrorist groups like ISIS, but the job will be much harder for the next wave of Americans.

“They’re going to face potentially 25,000 commandos who have had to starve through a winter,” Mann said. “Now they see through the crosshairs of optics of our weapons, which we left, and night-vision goggles, which we left by our troops as they enter.”

The U.S. military has reportedly left behind $ 85 billion worth of weapons.

Other veteran groups have joined forces with Task Force Pineapple to help evacuate other vulnerable Afghans. A representative of Save Our Allies says they have information on “dozens” of U.S. citizens left behind in Afghanistan, likely dual nationals. There are also hundreds of family members of currently active U.S. military service members desperately trying to escape. The group says it is in contact with 27,000 Afghans who want to flee.

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In October, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken spoke about the decision to leave Afghanistan.

President Biden ended the longest war. He made sure that another generation of Americans did not have to go to fight and die in Afghanistan. And I think when all this is done, it’s deeply what the American people want. ”

That same month, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked at a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels about the Afghan commandos.

“We want to work as hard and for as long as we need to take care of as many people as we possibly can,” Austin replied. (A spokesman later clarified that the role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan had ended, and the secretary referred to “the role of the U.S. government”).

Man, the former green beret, is concerned that all of his fellow veterans are exhausting, not only their time, but also their life savings. Mann admitted that he has struggled with his own mental health and wants people to know about the heroic efforts being made to rescue the Afghan commandos and other vulnerable Afghans.

“I wonder what’s going to happen to so many of these volunteers, these veterans who have given so much to have to hang up the phone or tell a family that they can no longer afford to pay for their safe house,” said Mann. visibly emotional.

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“Or when no one receives when they call and they learned that the command they are helping has been executed – after four months, it’s happening now.”

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