‘Task Force Pineapple’ Still Out In Force And Saving Lives In Afghanistan

This image made available to AFP on August 20, 2021 by Omar Haidiri, shows a US Marine grabbing an infant over a fence of barbed wire during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 19, 2021. - A Pentagon official confirmed Friday that US evacuation operations from Kabul's airport have been stalling because the receiving base in Qatar is overflowing and could not receive evacuees. "There has been a considerable amount of time today… where there haven't been departures," Brigadier General Dan DeVoe of the US Air Mobility Command told reporters. (Photo by Omar HAIDIRI / Courtesy of Omar Haidiri / AFP)

The veteran United States Army Green Beret who created and led “Task Force Pineapple,” which is a secret mission that has managed to rescue and evacuate hundreds of Americans and Afghan allies that were trapped behind enemy lines in Kabul, Afghanistan, during  Old Uncle Joe’s administration’s evacuation and withdrawal efforts, has stated that “Task Force Pineapple’s” operations and efforts will carry on, despite the fact that the U.S. Military has pulled out of the country.

As reported by the Daily Wire, Retired Army Lt. Col. Scott Mann led a “group of special op soldiers including retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders” who had been inspired to take the matter into their own hands “after one of the Afghan commandos they served with contacted them to say he was on the run from the Taliban. His visa had not been approved when the Taliban took over on August 14 and thousands ran for the airport.”

“The special ops soldiers first devised a system with US troops at the airport where they sent their comrades to a gate and told them to identify themselves with the password ‘pineapple’ to be put on a plane by the Marines on the ground. Some also showed the troops pictures of pineapples on their phones,” reported the Daily Mail this past week. ABC News went on to add that the group “worked unofficially in tandem with the United States military and the U.S. embassy to move people, sometimes one person at a time, or in pairs, but rarely more than a small bunch, inside the wire of the U.S. military-controlled side of Hamid Karzai International Airport.”

As of this past Thursday, Task Force Pineapple’s suitably named “Pineapple Express” has managed to save as many as 500 Afghan operators, and well over 130 other people, which included pregnant women and children, often using the help of “unofficial heroes” that were stationed inside the airfield who went directly against Uncle Joe’s “orders not to help beyond the airport perimeter,” as reported by ABC News.

This past Monday, the U.S. Military, which has unfortunately abided by an arbitrary withdrawal timeline set by old Uncle Joe’s administration, has entirely pulled its forces out of Kabul and left, as reported by the U.S. military Central Command (CENTCOM), several hundred Americans, who were trying to leave, behind. As stated by the State Department on Monday, it is counting on the Taliban to try and help facilitate those people’s departures, but it is not clear that the Taliban actually wants to help out the United States.

Mann stated that “Task Force Pineapple” will stay active in the country, however, and went on to note that around 750 people have been rescued.

“Now we’re pivoting into, how do we move them out of the country unconventionally, without the airfield? That’s a little harder but we’re still gonna do it,” Mann stated to the Daily Mail. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to stay on it until either the government comes in and responsibly takes it away from us and we feel confident that they’re going to do it, or we get them out.”

Mann stated that the group “will use the same relationships we’ve been using to move people into safety and out of harm’s way and then to freedom outside the borders. We will continue to use the shepherd concept. This isn’t over and we aren’t stopping until we have our people out.”

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