Taliban could start mortaring Kabul Airport says Ben Wallace
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The “digital Dunkirk” campaign highlights the ongoing effort to evacuate US allies from Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover of Kabul. Thousands have attempted to flee the country by any means necessary as Taliban troops are reported to carry door-to-door searches to weed out any opposition to their rule. Veteran soldiers are now playing their part in the crisis from overseas, using satellite images to locate safe routes out of the country.
The veterans are saving Afghan interpreters who helped coalition forces during the War in Afghanistan, which began in 2001.
President Joe Biden, who has recently ordered the withdrawal of US forces from the country, has come under fire for his handling of the disaster.
He will join the leaders of the G7 summit today to address the emergency and offer possible solutions to a situation that is rapidly developing into a full-blown humanitarian crisis.
The emergency meeting will be held online with Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for a “joint approach” to evacuating refugee Afghans and ensuring the country’s stable future.
Afghanistan: Analysts are helping interpreters flee the country with satellite images (Image: GETTY/2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES)
Afghanistan: A satellite image of the chaos outside of Kabul Airport (Image: 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES)
According to Matt Zeller, a former CIA analyst and Afghanistan war veteran, “hundreds of thousands” of people have already come together to help Afghans flee the country.
The network of people trawls through satellite imagery to locate Taliban checkpoints around the besieged Kabul airport.
It is estimated at least 20,000 Afghan interpreters and their families are presently trapped in Afghanistan.
Their lives are at risk from the Taliban who are expected to deal lethal punishment against those they believe stand against the regime.
Mr Zeller told Fox News: “These people that we’re talking about… they were our eyes and ears on the battlefield.”
Afghanistan conflict timeline: How the War in Afghanistan unfolded (Image: EXPRESS)
He went on to call the interpreters “the people who have been helping us to kill” the Taliban for the last 20 years.
The veteran added: “They want revenge, they want retribution. There’s no place for these people in Afghanistan.”
The “digital Dunkirk” campaign began as an “army of veterans” who came together to help their former allies in a time of need.
The group has since grown to include people from all walks of life, including friends, family members, human rights advocates, and charity campaigners.
The campaigners are analysing satellite data for Taliban checkpoints and are sharing their findings on social media.
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Afghanistan: Refugees fleeing from the war-torn country by plane (Image: GETTY)
Afghanistan: Taliban troops patrolling the streets of Kabul (Image: GETTY)
Although the Taliban has vowed to absolve Afghans who helped US troops during the war, the regime has established checkpoints on roads leading to Kabul airport.
However, last week General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, said UK troops in Afghanistan have established a “straightforward relationship” with the Taliban.
Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, he said: “They are keeping the streets of Kabul very safe and indeed very calm. They are helping us at the airport.”
He added: “What we’re not getting are reports of them behaving in a medieval way like you might have seen in the past.”
Mr Johnson has been urged to push for sanctions against the Taliban at the G7 summit today.
President Biden has already shown his support for sanctions depending on the Taliban’s conduct.
The Taliban seized control of Kabul last weekend in a rapid but peaceful transition of power.
Afghanistan’s former president, Ashraf Ghani, is said to have fled the country with nothing but the clothes on his back following intelligence reports he would be targetted by the Taliban.
A former senior official told CNN: “He went to Termez in Uzbekistan, where he spent one night and then from there to the.
“There was no money with him. He literally just had the clothes he was was wearing.”