In Kabul, private rescue efforts turn desperate as time to evacuate Afghans runs out
A disparate group of US veterans, military contractors, aid workers and former spies scramble to get as many people out of Afghanistan as possible before President Biden closes the window for rescues in the coming years. days.
Even though tens of thousands of Afghans who have helped the United States and a large number of American and foreign citizens remain stranded, Mr Biden is sticking to his plan to withdraw the remaining military forces from the Kabul airport. controlled by the United States by August 31.
Erik Prince, the US defense contractor, said he was offering people seats on a chartered plane from Kabul for $ 6,500 per person. US and NATO forces are sending special rescue teams to Taliban-controlled areas of the city to bring their citizens into the airport. And countless Afghans who thought the US would protect them after helping US-led coalition forces over the past two decades now realize that they will most likely be left behind to face it alone. the wrath of the Taliban.
Aid organizations have been told by Western governments that evacuation flights will not continue after Friday as the US military will need the days remaining until the August 31 deadline to remove its own equipment and troops. from Kabul.
Private rescue efforts face growing obstacles this week, as the emergency grows. Chartered planes leave Kabul with hundreds of empty seats. New Taliban checkpoints on the road to Pakistan have made leaving the country increasingly risky. Confusing bureaucratic obstacles have prevented countless people from leaving Afghanistan.