How would it feel to be in such a desperate situation that you felt you had to give your children away to a stranger in order to save them from a worse fate? One viral video tweeted showing a child handed to a US Marine as he reached across razor wire at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan. But think about this: there is still enough trust in the US that some Afghans understand that the foreign forces like US, UK, and others are safe places for their children.
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A viral video showed a US Marine from the 24th MEU reach across the razor wire at the Hamid Karzai (Kabul) Airport to pick up a baby – and it was by no means the only instance. The Marine Corps confirmed that the person in the video was with the 24th MEU. The baby was taken to a medical facility and ultimately reunited with his father. They are both safe at the airport with US forces.
I can confirm the uniformed service member depicted in the video is a Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The baby seen in the video was taken to a medical treatment facility on site and cared for by medical professionals. I can confirm the baby was reunited with their father and is safe at the airport.
This is a true example of the professionalism of the Marines on site, who are making quick decisions in a dynamic situation in support of evacuation operations.Marine Corps spokesperson Major Jim Stenger
The chaos & fear of people is a testament to the international community’s role in AFG’s downfall & their subsequent abandonment of Afghan people. The future for AFG has bn decided for its people without its people’s vote & now they live at the mercy of a terrorist group. #Kabul pic.twitter.com/k4bevc2eHE— Omar Haidari (@OmarHaidari1) August 19, 2021
US Marines have turned over defense of the airport to the US Army’s 82 Airborne, though some of the Marines are still on the defenses while others are processing Afghans. (Marine Corps Times) A child handed to US Marines as been happening more than once – and with good reason. They’ll get the job done.
UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and U.S. Marines assist a child Aug. 20 during an evacuation at Kabul's international airport in Afghanistan. (Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps) pic.twitter.com/Jk0irtRKrU— Chadoband (@chadgarland) August 20, 2021
A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit interacts with children during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul.#Marines are assisting the @StateDept with an orderly drawdown of designated personnel in Afghanistan. @USMARCENT @US5thFleet @CENTCOM pic.twitter.com/VV8jmB66Pl— U.S. Marines (@USMC) August 20, 2021
A Marine assigned to the 24th MEU calms an infant during an evacuation at #HKIA Kabul, Aug 20.— U.S. Marines (@USMC) August 20, 2021
U.S. service members and coalition partners are assisting the @StateDept with a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation in #Afghanistan. @USMARCENT @CENTCOM#Marines pic.twitter.com/dKKxjsa8Wq
The child handed to a US Marine is just one symptom of the desperation in Afghanistan.
Reports of tension between the US and other NATO nations over how to do the evacuation could be a potential issue. France and UK have sent teams of elite units out into the community to get their people, while the US has received no such orders. So our elite units are stuck at the airport, and having to tell Americans that they “can’t guarantee safe passage.” The Taliban have cut off the airport from the rest of the country by checkpoints. On August 20, Biden claimed he was going to get everyone out, but specifically stated he didn’t know how many were out there. But people attempting to get to the airport are stymied by the checkpoints. Biden said on August 20 that he was ‘open’ to possibly sending troops away from the airport to get the Americans.
So now the French have joined the Brits in sending out teams into Kabul to rescue their citizens….— Tom T. ن®💎 (@VRWCTexan) August 19, 2021
Yet today Sec. of Defense Austin, now with 5,000 combat equipped Marines and Soldiers at the airport, stated unequivocally that he lacked the resources to deploy recovery teams?? https://t.co/CqwIyN7pbU
Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter video
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