A former US Navy and CIA officer who served in Afghanistan told Fox News he is now helping people flee the war-torn country by relaying information that helps identify them to US troops stationed in Crowded gates of Kabul airport.
The source said on Wednesday he was lucky because his former Marines Battalion was on the ground in Kabul, including the commander he trained with in Quantico.
“I was able to contact him and say ‘hey I have this situation these people are trying to get through’ and he is at one of the gates and could give us some very specific instructions on how to navigate through the crowd and I was able to tell him and his Marines what people were wearing when trying to get out, ”the source said. “It was a very elaborate and dramatic process of trying to get them – and then once the Marines identified them in the crowd, they very quickly grabbed them and [brought] them in the door. ”
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The source said a group he helped last night had Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) and was cleared to be evacuated.
“It went on for several nights,” he said. “I have also had many unsuccessful attempts with not only Afghan SIVs but American citizens who cannot enter the airport.”
The source – who undertook the effort remotely – said he relayed the information via text messages and phone calls after receiving it from people in contact with those trying to escape.
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Overall, he says the efforts he and others were involved in helped about 150 people navigate the chaos surrounding the Kabul airport.
“The biggest problem is getting them into the airport … around the airport it’s crowded, it’s the equivalent of trying to get to the front row of a concert at the stadium. Wembley, then to get people’s attention on stage you need to get on stage, ”he told Fox News. “This is what you are asking people to do, whether they are US citizens or Afghans with SIVs.”
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