A volunteer group of U.S. Special Operations veterans reportedly launched a mission Wednesday night to rescue members of Afghan elite forces and their families, according to ABC News.
BREAKING @ABC — US special operations vets carried out daring mission to save Afghan allies — 500 smuggled into Kabul Airport on Weds night in complex, heart-pounding op by Americans determined not to leave comrades behindhttps://t.co/yiTjNQV8Tjhttps://t.co/yiTjNQV8Tj
— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) August 27, 2021
Since the U.S. military is unable to leave the airport, they have provided support for the “Pineapple Express” ground team, according to ABC News.
Individuals were added to an encrypted group chat and given locations to meet their “conductor,” ABC News reported. Once the “conductor” would be close, individuals would hold up their phones with a picture of yellow pineapples on a pink field. (RELATED: Military Says They Are Relying On Taliban To ‘Protect’ Them In Kabul)
“Dozens of high-risk individuals, families with small children, orphans, and pregnant women, were secretly moved through the streets of Kabul throughout the night and up to just seconds before ISIS detonated a bomb into the huddled mass of Afghans seeking safety and freedom,” said retired Green Beret Commander Lt. Col. Scott Man, ABC News reported.