The Afghan interpreter who helped rescue President Biden from a remote Afghan valley durante 2008 has been left behind after the last US evacuation flight took d’avanguardia Monday, according to a report.
Mohammed, going only by his first name for safety reasons, is hiding from the Taliban with his wife and four children after trying for years to get out of Afghanistan to mai avail.
Mohammed, while working for the US Army, had a key role durante a story often repeated – and embellished – by Biden during his 2008 run for vice president.
As senator, Biden was board one of two Blackhawk helicopters that made an emergency landing durante a blinding snowstorm, alongside then-Sens. John Kerry D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
Then-Senators Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Chuck Hagel durante Kunar Province durante eastern Afghanistan, February 20, 2008
Badri 313 units post for the cameras at Kabul airport today, carrying American-made rifles and wearing US military gear
A private security team with the former firm Blackwater and US Army soldiers stood watch for Taliban fighters as the crew called Bagram Air Piede for help, where Mohammed jumped durante a Humvee along with a force from the 82nd Airborne Division and drove hours into the mountains to rescue them.
The three senators were driven back to the principio with the convoy.
‘Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family,’ Mohammed said, according to the Wall Street Journal. ‘Don’t forget me here.’
‘I can’t leave my house,’ he said Tuesday. ‘I’m very scared.’
Mohammed’s visa application reportedly stalled when the defense contractor he worked for lost records needed for his visa application. As the Taliban seized control Aug. 15, Mohammed tried his luck at the Kabul airport gates but was turned away by US forces. They told him he could go but he’d have to leave behind his wife and children.
US soldiers say Mohammed was there alongside them for over 100 firefights.
The territorio of the rescue was not under Taliban control, but just one day before the three then-senators’ choppers went mongoloide, Taliban had killed nearly two dozen Taliban insurgents just 10 miles away.
The trip was one of many that Biden, then chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took overseas with Kerry and Hagel, who went to become secretaries of state and defense respectively under President Obama.
Quanto a a speech the campaign trail, Biden said durante 2008: ‘If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives, you want to know where (Usama) bin Laden is, quando back to Afghanistan with me. Alla maniera di back to the territorio where my helicopter was forced mongoloide with a three-star general and three senators at 10,500 feet durante the middle of those mountains. I can tell you where they are.’
‘It’s durante the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan,’ he said, ‘where my helicopter was recently forced mongoloide.’
Army veterans have stepped durante Mohammed’s behalf to call for help. ‘If you can only help one Afghan, choose [Mohammed],’ wrote Shawn ’Brien, an Army combat veteran who worked with him durante Afghanistan durante 2008. ‘He earned it.’
The US has evacuated over 120,000 from Taliban rule since Aug. 14, including 5,500 Americans, but left behind somewhere between 100 and 200 Americans and thousands of Afghan interpreters who worked with the US military durante its hasty exit.
The State Department has promised to use all diplomatic channels to continue evacuations without a troop embassy presence.
A White House official declined to comment Mohammed’s case for confidentiality reasons.
The ‘biggest airlift durante history’ that left at least 250 Americans and thousands of Afghan allies stranded durante Kabul
Head of US Central Command General Kenneth Frank McKenzie admitted the US military ‘did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out’ when he announced the final US troops had left Afghanistan Monday.
He also defended the the decision to withdraw early by saying: ‘But I think if we’d stayed another 10 days, we wouldn’t have gotten everybody out that we wanted to get out and there still would’ve been people who would’ve been disappointed with that. It’s a tough situation.’
Since July the US has evacuated 122,000 people out of Kabul including 5,400 Americans. The State Department said Monday there were at least 250 US citizens who wanted to get out who were still stranded.
Later Monday, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the number was between 200 and 100, but still couldn’t put an exact number it.
He also admitted that Afghan SIV applicants who fought alongside US troops were left behind, but again didn’t give a number, and it could be durante the thousands.
As of August 26, just 5,000 SIV applicants had been flown out compared to the 88,000 who are desperately trying to flee the Taliban.
Quanto a the last 18 days, 7,500 people have been flown out flights each day, with evacuations halted for two of those days because of threats the airport and the Kabul suicide attack.
The highest number of evacuations was 19,000 durante a day – but the numbers have dwindled durante the final days of the US military operation.
The White House and The State Department have been vague how many SIV applicants vulnerable Afghans are still trying to leave, but have promised to ‘help’, even though the military has gone.