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Afghan allies trapped behind Taliban traces flip to prayers and unofficial channels as Aug. 31 deadline nears

Chaos, confusion and terror have marked the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal over the previous week, with Individuals and Afghan allies pleading for assist escaping Taliban-controlled Kabul and uncertainty on the metropolis’s U.S.-held airport.

And with particular immigrant visa candidates minimize off from escape by Taliban checkpoints, retired Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan Rogers advised Fox Information Tuesday that non-government organizations have been working by means of unofficial channels to attempt to assist.

“Everyone seems to be pissed about this even being essential,” he mentioned. “But when the president would not wish to step up and lead, another person will.”

Final week, Rogers helped elevate the alarm that his former U.S.-contracted Afghan interpreter was trapped in Kabul, hiding from the Taliban and hoping to make it overseas.

In this Aug. 19, 2021, file photo, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the Taliban takeover, employees of the collapsed government, civil society activists and women are among the at-risk Afghans who have gone into hiding or are staying off the streets. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

On this Aug. 19, 2021, file photograph, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. After the Taliban takeover, workers of the collapsed authorities, civil society activists and girls are among the many at-risk Afghans who’ve gone into hiding or are staying off the streets. (AP Photograph/Rahmat Gul, File)

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He was nonetheless there as of Tuesday, however Rogers mentioned he’s now in contact with non-government sources who heard of his plight and reached out to the retired Marine to attempt to coordinate an escape.

“It is embarrassing on a world scale that we’re even on this scenario,” Rogers mentioned. “It is insulting to not even have various Individuals left to get out.”

The Pentagon mentioned Tuesday that it had evacuated roughly 4,000 American passport holders and their households and anticipated to move extra within the coming days. Nevertheless it stays unclear precisely what number of Individuals are nonetheless within the nation – and there are tens of 1000’s of SIV candidates and refugees whom the Taliban doesn’t appear inclined to let depart.

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“Throughout a gathering this morning with the G-7 leaders, the president conveyed that our mission in Kabul will finish primarily based on the achievement of our goals,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned in a day information briefing. “He confirmed we’re at the moment on tempo to complete by Aug. 31 and offered an replace on progress in evacuating Individuals who wish to come residence, third-country nationals, and Afghans who had been our allies through the battle.”

“He additionally made clear that with every day of operations on the bottom, we’ve added danger to our troops with growing threats from ISIS-Ok, and that completion of the mission by Aug. 31 depends upon continued coordination with the Taliban, together with continued entry for evacuees to the airport,” she added. “As well as, the president has requested the Pentagon and the State Division for contingency plans to regulate the timeline ought to that grow to be essential.”

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has mentioned that after Aug. 31, the Taliban “received’t let Afghans be taken out” of the nation on evacuation flights. And he mentioned that the Taliban had been already not permitting Afghan nationals to move by means of checkpoints on their method to the U.S.-held airport.

Though the Taliban has claimed it’s providing “amnesty” to Afghans who labored with U.S. and NATO forces through the previous 20 years of battle, sources in Kabul inform Fox Information that militants are going door to door, in search of out high-level Afghan officers, interpreters and foreigners, killing them or dragging them away to unknown areas.

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Final week, Rogers’ interpreter mentioned three former Afghan Nationwide Military officers had been discovered of their hideout, captured and hanged. And one other former army contractor in the UK advised Fox Information Saturday that two of his Afghan colleagues had been killed in a two-day span.

Rogers shared a textual content message alternate Tuesday summing up the scenario:

“Let’s pray for good days,” the interpreter wrote.

A couple of traces down, Rogers responded with a prayer.

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“Lord I pray a blessing of grace and steering for all who’re caught within the grand battle,” he wrote. “I pray you watch over your flock and pave a manner for Individuals and buddies like [name withheld for safety concerns] from behind enemy traces. Amen.”

The interpreter, who just isn’t being recognized on account of issues about his security, was nonetheless in hiding in Kabul Tuesday.

However he warned Rogers in one other message, “They’re nonetheless trying to find us and authorities officers.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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