The US army negotiated a secret association with the Taliban that resulted in members of the militant group escorting clusters of People to the gates of the Kabul airport as they sought to flee Afghanistan, two defence officers instructed CNN.
One of many officers additionally revealed that US particular operations forces arrange a “secret gate” on the airport and established “name centres” to information People via the evacuation course of. One of many army officers mentioned the association with the Taliban “labored superbly”.
People concerned in an unofficial community devoted to serving to People and susceptible Afghans mentioned there have been issues — notably to start with — because the Taliban turned away US residents and authorized everlasting residents the militant group was supposed to permit via.
The 2 US defence officers mentioned People had been notified to assemble at pre-set “muster factors” near the airport the place the Taliban would verify their credentials and take them a brief distance to a gate manned by American forces who had been standing by to allow them to inside amid large crowds of Afghans in search of to flee. The US troops had been capable of see the People method with their Taliban escorts as they progressed via the crowds, presumably able to intervene in case something occurred.