A group of U.S. special operations veterans has been engaging in a week-long secret rescue mission called “Pineapple Express” to get hundreds of allied operatives out of Afghanistan, fearing they would be killed by the Taliban.
The veterans include retired Green Berets and SEAL Team commanders, according to ABC News.
The group was exceedingly frustrated “that our own government didn’t do this,” former Navy SEAL Jason Redman stated.
“We did what we should do, as Americans,” he declared.
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The Afghan operators, assets, interpreters, and their families were labeled “passengers” and they were being guided remotely by “shepherds.” Most of those were their former U.S. special operations forces and CIA comrades and commanders who were determined to save them.
The team was originally cobbled together to rescue an ex-Afghan commando who was receiving death threats from the Taliban because he had worked with U.S. special forces and the elite SEAL Team Six. They operated after nightfall in near-pitch black darkness and under extremely dangerous conditions.
Following the rescue of the commando and his family, the task force continued to extract Afghan allies. They reportedly extracted over 630 Afghans.
“That is an astounding number for an organization that was only assembled days before the start of operations and most of its members had never met each other in person,” former Green Beret Capt. Zac Lois told ABC News.
The group evaded heavily militarized Taliban checkpoints and smuggled people through the iron ring outside the Kabul airport. They used images of pineapples on their phones to show those being brought in were allies. The fruit was also used as a final password (it has since been changed) that was given to military members at the airport who were assisting the veterans to smuggle allies out.
The team defied Taliban terrorists and one member actually compared the operation to scenes in a Jason Bourne flick that were happening every 10 minutes.
“I just want to get my people out,” Maj. Jim Gant, a retired Green Beret who was dubbed “Lawrence of Afghanistan,” told ABC.
“I have been involved in some of the most incredible missions and operations that a special forces guy could be a part of, and I have never been a part of anything more incredible than this,” Gant declared.
“The bravery and courage and commitment of my brothers and sisters in the Pineapple community was greater than the U.S. commitment on the battlefield,” he noted.
Another retired Green Beret commander, Lt. Col. Scott Mann commented that the team was proud to have helped “dozens of high-risk individuals, families with small children, orphans, and pregnant women.”
“This Herculean effort couldn’t have been done without the unofficial heroes inside the airfield who defied their orders to not help beyond the airport perimeter, by wading into sewage canals and pulling in these targeted people who were flashing pineapples on their phones,” Mann stated.
The rescue mission continued right “up to just seconds before ISIS detonated a bomb into the huddled mass of Afghans seeking safety and freedom” Thursday.
Some of the “Pineapple Express” evacuees were hurt in the terror attack, but the group is still trying to determine whether any of them were among the more than 180 killed.
A number of those rescued saw evacuees who were just inches from being killed. Others refused to go if their family wasn’t also extracted.
“Leaving a man behind is not in our SEAL ethos. Many Afghans have a stronger vision of our democratic values than many Americans do,” asserted Dan O’Shea, a retired SEAL commander, and a former counterinsurgency adviser in Afghanistan.
Former deputy assistant secretary of defense Mick Mulroy reported that the task force felt it was their duty to save allies who “never wavered” in supporting the U.S.
“I and many of my friends are here today because of their bravery in battle. We owe them all effort to get them out and honor our word,” he added.
Americans love their heroes:
Those dudes aren’t just any private vets. Baddest mfrs on the planet
— SacHornet07 (@SHornet07) August 27, 2021
— George (@GeoEdmond) August 27, 2021
Can’t wait for Clint Eastwood to direct this.
— Gwilliam (@TheGwilliam) August 28, 2021
This is boss stuff.
— Carolina West Construction (@CarolinawestCo) August 28, 2021
Make the movie. That’s badass
— El Gordo (@GordyMcJugs) August 28, 2021
This is awesome and god bless these guys and gals! True American patriots and displays of what being an American is supposed to be like.
— Daniel Rhames (@daniel_rhames) August 27, 2021
Gotta fix @POTUS botched ass job
— Tyler Burns (@tmburns4045) August 27, 2021
Hero’s all of them.
— 3.14159265358979323846264 (@sheuk4) August 27, 2021
Operation Pineapple Express
A group of highly trained US military veterans have been conducting secret rescue missions behind the Biden State Department’s back
Their courageous efforts have enabled 630 people to safely get to their evacuation flights out of Afghanistan.
— Dixie T 🇺🇸 (@DixT3) August 28, 2021
Operation Pineapple Express saves more than 630 in Afghanistan without the assistance of US military leaders. Their orders were to leave them behind.
— DustInTheWind 💎💎💎 (@counsel4ubaby) August 28, 2021
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