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NEWS & ANALYSIS

Texts Reveal Military Officials Stressed About Leaving Americans Behind in Afghanistan


Despite the Biden Administration hailing a successful withdrawal from Afghanistan, text messages obtained by Just the News reveal just how U.S. military commanders felt. 

“We are f*cking abandoning American citizens,” an Army colonel wrote Sunday in a series of encrypted messages that detailed the botched efforts to rescue a group of American citizens, just hours before the final group of U.S. soldiers left. 

A former Special Forces soldier and war correspondent, Michael Yon, who was among the private citizens working to rescue stranded Americans, provided the messages and emails to Just the News, noting that the abandoned Americans were pleading for help. 

“We had them out there waving their passport screaming, ‘I’m American,’” Yon said. “People were turned away from the gate by our own Army.” 

“I personally know and was involved in an operation two nights ago,” Yon continued. He attempted to usher four American citizens onto an evacuation flight. First, the group had to get past the Taliban checkpoints and through the gate to the airport. 

“We had Taliban take them to the south gate,” Yon said. “That’s how they got through the checkpoint.” 

Yon said American forces would not come to get them, despite the family waving passports and screaming that they are Americans. 

Those in charge of helping the family contacted an Army colonel. In a text chain, the colonel messaged Yon and others that people were being turned away from the airport. 

“Any AMCITS?” Yon asked, short for American citizens. 

“Yes. All of them,” the colonel responded. “Yes, we are f*cking abandoning American citizens.” 

This, unfortunately, isn’t the only report of an abandonment of Americans at the Kabul airport. 

“The Taliban would have let them in,” Yon said. “But no one on the Americans’ side opened the gate.” 

“This is the kind of insanity we’re down to,” he added.