Helicopters were sent in to evacuate people from the U.S. Embassy after the Taliban seized control of the capital city of Kabul on Sunday in a disastrous moment which many are labeling as Joe Biden’s “Saigon” moment.
The Islamic extremist group controlled every major city in Afghanistan and was seen in numerous photos driving around in American Humvees which they captured after Biden abandoned them there in a hasty withdrawal.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the “Taliban have invaded Kabul from all sides” as they were in talks with the Afghan government to turn over control of the city. “The leader called on Afghan forces to stop gunfire and allow a safe passage out of Kabul to all civilians and foreigners,” the Post reported. “He also noted Mujahideen have not killed or injured anyone in Kabul yet.”
The Taliban claimed in a statement that they do “not intend to take revenge on anyone” and that everyone who fought against them “are forgiven and safe, no one will be retaliated against.” However, reports have surfaced of them executing people all over the country, including people trying to surrender to them.
Photos and video surfaced of helicopters rushing into Kabul to evacuate as many people as possible as gun fire and explosions were reportedly heard.
The scene was widely compared to the 1975 rooftop evacuations that happened in Saigon when the Vietnam War came to an end. The comparison was made online by everyone from journalists around the world to human rights activists to politicians to enemies of the United States.
Communist Chinese state media pounced on the opportunity to compare Biden’s debacle to Saigon and also slammed Biden for being wrong in his predictions on Afghanistan.
The iconic and infamous Saigon rooftop evacuations happened between April 29th and April 30th in 1975 as U.S. Forces frantically evacuated as many people as they could from the U.S. Embassy in Saigon as the enemy closed in.
The Taliban also took control of Bagram Air Base on Sunday, a former American airbase that the U.S turned over to the Afghanistan government last month.
The Taliban have reportedly released thousands of prisoners that were held at Bagram, including members of al Qaeda, the terror group that carried out the 9-11 attacks and prompted the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Bagram was under control of the U.S. military for roughly two decades before leaving it in control of the Afghan military in July as Biden pulled the U.S. out of Afghanistan.
“The Taliban claims it overran Bagram Air Base and freed prisoners. Many high-value detainees were located there, including members of Al Qaeda. This will reverberate for years to come,” said Bill Roggio, Long War Journal editor, and terror analyst.
The Taliban also overran the presidential palace and held a press conference on Sunday. Al Jazeera posted photographs and video of Taliban terrorists addressing the media in the presidential palace shortly after the nation’s president fled the country.
The invasion of the presidential palace came after Afghanistan’s president said he left the country in order to avoid bloodshed.
Author: Mike Williams