Afghans were so desperate to leave their country they hung onto a moving aircraft with their arms and legs on Aug. 16.
Disturbing images have appeared on the internet, showing what appears to be hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers jumping onto the exterior of a U.S. Air Force plane in Kabul.
The chilling footage, which has since gone viral on social media, shows hundreds of civilians chasing the aircraft on a Kabul Airport runway. Some of them cling onto different moving parts as the C-17 plane carrying U.S. officials makes its ascent.
After it finally takes off at least two stowaways can be seen falling several feet to their death.
You have to be from Afghanistan or Iran to understand the fear of Islamic regimes that you prefer trying your luck hanging onto the wheels of a military plane than living under sharia laws. Our fear is rational. pic.twitter.com/mO793hsIgP— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 16, 2021
The horrifying scenes unfolded just hours after Taliban insurgents overthrew the U.S.-backed Afghan government after a week-long assault.
The Taliban swept into Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani fled the presidential palace on Aug. 15. This brought a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the United States and its allies tried to keep peace in Afghanistan according to the New York Post.
Thousands of people overwhelmed armed U.S. military officers guarding Hamid Karzai International Airport. BL understands the Afghans were not deterred by warning shots fired in the air, and pushed their way up a stairwell to join the flight. Others ran onto the tarmac and tried to grab on.
Troops were reportedly fired on at least twice and seven individuals died according to U.S. authorities. The U.S. military temporarily suspended all army and civilian evacuation flights due to the incident.
Thousands of U.S. troops have since returned to Kabul to bolster security at the airport. The facility is the last American-guarded part of the city.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed about 2,500 American troops have been deployed to the airport, with a further 1,000 expected to arrive on Aug. 17. The U.S. Army is confident it can control the airport long enough to evacuate Americans and their supporters.
President Joe Biden previously promised a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops by Sept. 11. However, Washington and the world was shocked to witness the Afghan government’s quick collapse, following a sweeping advance of Taliban fighters.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) hopes to capitalize on the Taliban seizing power in Afghanistan. The CCP is pleased with Islamic militant fighters taking control of Kabul, because the communist regime could make a lot of money from this change of leadership.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs hopes the two dictatorships can develop “friendly and cooperative relations.”
Chinese propaganda is already promoting a closer relationship with the militant group. State-run media took the opportunity to attack the United States as an unreliable international partner that might also abandon its Taiwanese alliance at any time.
BL understands Beijing has much to gain from an alliance with the Taliban, since the Asian nation shares a 76 kilometer (47 mile) border with Afghanistan. The bordering Xinjiang province is widely reported to be the scene of the CCP’s cultural genocide against Uighur native people. The regime also persecutes peaceful Christians, Tibetan buddhists, and Falun Gong adherents.
France 24 reported a high-level Taliban delegation met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tianjin during July. They claimed Afghanistan would not be used as a “base for militants,” which prompted the CCP to offer economic support and investment in rebuilding the country.