With only two days left to leave Kabul, Afghanistan, desperation is growing. Erik Prince, the former spy founder of Blackwater, a U.S. security services provider, charges high prices for each person he transports.
Prince offers chartered planes from outside the country in which each seat costs $6,500. In contrast, the governments of different countries warn that airport runways will only be available until tomorrow, according to The Wall Street Journal of Aug. 25.
Prince’s actions have been questioned, and U.N. sanctions weigh heavily on him for his sketchy work in Libya. Blackwater agents were convicted of murder in 2014 while providing security services in Iraq.
On the other hand, although the leaders of the Taliban terrorist movement imposed a final date of August 31 to leave the country, the U.S. military forces require the last four days to withdraw their members and the equipment they intend to remove.
In this regard, Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz was the first to announce that his country was suspending evacuation efforts because of the increased security risks.
“After a long analysis of reports on the security situation, we cannot risk the lives of our diplomats and of our soldiers any longer,” Przydacz said, according to AP.
Hungary, Germany, France, and other countries are likely to follow soon, given the U.S. military’s imminent withdrawal as well.
Chaos has characterized the flight of Westerners residing in Afghanistan. It appears that not all will be transported, not only because of insufficient time available but also because of obstacles imposed at Taliban checkpoints that control movement within the country.
Although private companies offer land transport, the controls established by the Taliban make it difficult to leave the territory.
Tens of thousands of people have already been transported, most of them Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. missions in their country. However, it is estimated that around 300,000 will not be able to be evacuated.
The safety of their lives is uncertain, given the trajectory of violence centered on the Taliban, now in possession of the country.
Reports on the ground suggest that the terrorists are summarily killing civilians who have assisted U.S. forces in the past.
In this context, a retired Marine sergeant, Ryan Rogers, recounted that the interpreter he worked with during the horrific 2010 assault on Marjah in Helmand province is today imprisoned in Kabul.
“He told me yesterday that they had hanged three [Afghan National Army] commanders that they had found,” he told Fox News on Thursday, Aug. 19.
“And that close to the place that he’s hiding, they’re going house-to-house and that they sent a transmission out saying they had plans for the people that operated with America.”
Crimes such as these were corroborated by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on August 24.
Speaking at the Human Rights Council, Bachelet said she had received “credible reports” that the Taliban were not living up to their public presentation, that they were seeking peace, that there was no revenge, and that human rights should be respected.