In Kabul, the Afghan employees of the United States Embassy have reportedly started saying that they are “losing faith” that any evacuations will come at all and go on to say that they would just rather die “under the Taliban’s bullet” than rush the crushing flood of people running to the Kabul airport. A tide that led to over a dozen deaths as of late as the evacuation attempts ramp up.
“Local staff members at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul are ‘deeply disheartened’ by U.S. evacuation efforts and have expressed a sense of betrayal and distrust in the U.S. government, according to a State Department diplomatic cable,” reported NBC News this past Sunday. “The cable, which was sent Saturday, said memos were sent Wednesday inviting Afghan staff members at the embassy to head to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. It told them to take food and to prepare for difficult conditions.”
Over this past weekend, the U.S. State Department had recently advised that employees and their families should entirely avoid the Kabul airport in the wake of the U.S. government getting word of possible ISIS terror attacks that seem to be aimed at any people attempting to flee the area.
The cable, which had been reviewed by NBC News, put forth the claim that “no one anticipated the brutal experience that occurred” when Afghan employees, who the U.S. had given promises of evacuation, along with other American citizens, too.
“Staffers reported being jostled, hit, spat on and cursed at by Taliban fighters at checkpoints near the airport, it said, adding that criminals were taking advantage of the chaos while the U.S. military tried to maintain order ‘in an extremely physical situation,'” they stated. “Some staff members reported that they were almost separated from their children, while others collapsed in a crush of people and had to be taken to hospitals with injuries, the cable said. Others said they had collapsed on the road because of heat exhaustion.”
To at least one of the staggers there were only two options they could see: death by trampling at the airport or death by the Taliban.
“It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet’ than face the crowds again,” the staffer stated, as reported by NBC.
The cable seems to be meant as a warning to the State Department, along with Old Uncle Joe’s administration, which as of last week attempted to claim that there was “no indication” that any individuals had a hard time at the airport. Afghans who have worked for coalition forces, and the U.S. government, in particular, are facing the threat of harsh Taliban reprisals, who stated this past Monday that all American forces must evacuate all of their people by the 31st of August or face “consequences.”