A group of U.S. veterans of the Afghan war has drawn admiration by voluntarily risking their lives on a night mission to rescue hundreds of Afghan allies threatened by the Taliban. 

They were retired Green Beret veterans, former special operators, aid workers, and intelligence officers who created Task Force Pineapple, which coordinated with military forces at Kabul airport and the embassy, ABC News reported Aug. 27. 

After well-planned stealthy actions, they could lead 630 Afghan allies and their families through the enemy forces and into the airport.

Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret commander and leader of the group, recounted part of what happened during the operation.

“Dozens of high-risk individuals, families with small children, orphans, and pregnant women, were secretly moved through the streets of Kabul throughout the night and up to just seconds before ISIS detonated a bomb into the huddled mass of Afghans seeking safety and freedom,” he shared. 

Part of the group’s motivation also apparently stemmed from the Biden administration’s refusal to provide protection and rescue for Afghan auxiliaries, who, after the Taliban takeover, were likely to be executed.

Thus, a former Navy SEAL wounded in combat, Jason Redman, expressed his frustration, saying, “that our own government didn’t do this. We did what we should do, as Americans.”

Task Force Pineapple carried out its risky mission when the ISIS attack occurred, killing at least 13 U.S. service members and injuring 15 others. 

“There were wounded among the Pineapple Express travelers from the blast, and members of the group said they were assessing whether unaccounted-for Afghans they were helping had been killed,” according to ABC News.  

The action by the veterans was deemed movie-like by Internet insider Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

“This reads like an action movie script: Retired special forces vets return to rescue their native partners and their families. But, it’s real.”

Likewise, the generous mission was extolled by film producer Rocky Karlage who wrote: “Thankful for these men who have the courage to do what is right.  God bless them.”

On the other hand, the ruthlessness of the Taliban terrorists is recognized, which justifies the fear of the Afghan allies for their lives and those of their relatives. 

In this sense, several Christian organizations denounce that the militiamen go house to house and take girls over 12 years old to turn them into sex slaves, besides executing any Afghan identified as a Christian.

The PR News website published a statement from an organization of underground Christians in Afghanistan, Global Catalyst Ministries (GCM), that denounces:

“The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them,” the report says.  

It adds: “If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.”

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