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Military Inexperienced Beret discusses ‘horrors’ of Afghanistan evacuation efforts

Amid ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, Tim Kennedy – a Inexperienced Beret, Particular Forces sniper, and Military Ranger – spoke with Fox Information about his expertise in Kabul after rescuing greater than 8,900 people and mentioned the “horrors of individuals attending to the airport.”

“We had a really clear mission in who we had been attempting to determine and get out and Americans had been primary,” mentioned Kennedy, who spent three days within the nation helping with evacuation missions and dealing to “determine excessive worth targets of the Taliban that wanted to be rescued.”

“It was a panorama and a battlefield that was one thing that I had by no means skilled earlier than and it was absolute mayhem,” Kennedy instructed Fox Information.

Kennedy additionally mirrored on the second a suicide bomb assault occurred outdoors the Abbey Gate at Kabul’s airport, which killed 13 U.S. service members and injured a minimum of 18 extra, based on U.S. officers.

“I used to be on a full C-17 loading Afghans when the bomb went off,” Kennedy mentioned. “You’ll be able to’t cease. You’re in an plane with 500 folks’s lives proper there. The aircrew had been unimaginable and we had been simply targeted on [completing the mission].”


“The horrors of individuals attending to the airport is indescribable,” Kennedy added, describing how “harmful it’s to get them via the gates when there may be a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals attempting to push their method via.”

Kennedy’s service in Afghanistan was principally spent with three different males, one in every of which “misplaced 37 kilos in 10 days” as evacuation efforts turned increasingly intense. With Kennedy’s involvement, the rescue group had 60 years of mixed expertise.

“We didn’t sleep, we didn’t eat,” Kennedy mentioned, describing covert efforts to “smuggle folks previous the Taliban and onto the American base.”

In line with Kennedy, the identification and vetting course of for those who had been being rescued was “extra complicated of that than the Division of State or Division of Protection.”

“Discovering them is a giant drawback, getting them on is a giant drawback,” Kennedy mentioned, describing one occasion the place he needed to shift plans to keep away from armed Taliban observers.

“Proper once I acquired on the bottom, we had been doing a reconnaissance of a brand new rat line, a spot that we had been planning on that night attempting to smuggle some extra folks via and as I went round a nook I lookup on high of a constructing and there’s a Taliban listening put up/remark put up with educated observers that had been trying into the airfield to attempt to determine the place the entire American forces had been.”

“They’d a sniper rifle up there and clearly there job was to be ready to deal dying towards American forces and Afghans that had been attempting to get out,” Kennedy added, saying the operation needed to be shifted a “few hundred meters behind one other constructing so these guys wouldn’t shoot at us.”

Kennedy mentioned a “number of folks,” together with Americans, Christians, orphans, pilots, and lecturers, had been rescued throughout the missions.

Trying again on one evacuation mission specifically, Kennedy mentioned those who had been rescued by him and different males from Particular Forces had been loaded into buses and as they had been “attempting to deliver to deliver these folks in via one of many checkpoints, the crowds began dashing and it become a catastrophe.”

Kennedy, additionally a former American blended martial artist, mentioned the belongings you “wouldn’t wish to occur in your worst nightmare” occurred “proper in entrance of” him and his group, describing the flashbangs and sounds of “bullets going off,” in addition to “folks being overwhelmed and trampled to dying” and “infants hanging in concertina wire.”


“It’s freaking horrific,” Kennedy mentioned of what he witnessed as he assisted with the rescue efforts of the 8,911 folks.

Requested for his ideas on ISIS-Okay, which claimed duty for the suicide bombing on the Kabul airport, Kennedy mentioned, “ISIS-Okay and the Taliban are the identical factor.”

“The excellence between the 2, once you have a look at who ISIS-Okay is, these had been the unique Mujahideen Taliban founders… it’s the novel Islamic wing of the Taliban,” Kennedy mentioned. “ISIS-Okay is a department of the Taliban. It’s the identical folks. … The belief that you may distinguish between the 2 is ludicrous. They’re completely different feathers from the identical fowl.”

Kennedy additionally described Taliban efforts to trace down their enemies and kill them previous to their evacuation from the nation.

“The Taliban wished all folks going into the Kabul airport to undergo the south gate entrance the place that they had a checkpoint and so they may test all people that was coming in and if it was one in every of their excessive valued targets, they’re not going to allow you to in… they’re simply going to kill you,” Kennedy mentioned.

Kennedy praised his staff chief and teammates as “wonderful” and mentioned each individual that he and his group rescued had been smuggled previous the Taliban to be able to forestall extra “deaths on the street.”


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