A volunteer group consisting of American veterans of the Afghan war has conducted the “Pineapple Express” mission to rescue Afghan elite forces and their families to safety.
Members of the group told ABC News that they worked unofficially in cooperation with the US military and US embassy to move Afghan special forces members and their families one person at a time, or in pairs through Afghanistan into the Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The group was composed of former U.S. special operators, aid workers, intelligence officers, and Afghan war vets who used encrypted messaging apps and a callsign to identify the families they were saving.
The Pineapple Express operators reportedly moved through Kabul with their rescues in the dark to avoid being captured by the Taliban and were almost compromised by the recent ISIS-K suicide bombings.
“The whole night was a roller-coaster ride. People were so terrified in that chaotic environment. These people were so exhausted, I kept trying to put myself in their shoes,” said ex-Navy SEAL Jason Redman who was part of the group.
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