A high-profile Afghan national police officer, Mohammad Khalid Wardak, spent years fighting alongside the US military. Time was running out for him in the city of Kabul.
The Taliban was hunting him and his family because of his loyalty to the Americans. He and his family were forced to move from place to place. They constantly tried and failed to reach a rendezvous point where they could be rescued.
After four attempts, the family was successfully rescued and airlifted on Wednesday. The mission, sentimentally called Operation Promise Kept, was carried out by the US military and its allies.
His supporters in the US military expedited the rescue of Mohammad Khalid Wardak. They claimed he was a brother in arms who helped save countless lives; without their help, he would face certain death if found by the Taliban. They sought help from members of Congress and the Defense and State departments.
“I don’t think people understand the chaos that is reigning right now in the capital, the brutality and the efficient lethality the Taliban are using … to ensure their rise to power as they eliminate their greatest threat, which are these military and special police,” – US Army Special Forces Sgt. Major Chris Green, who worked with Khalid in Afghanistan.
Khalid is widely known in Afghanistan because of his position as police chief in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province and television appearances. The most prominent appearance is when he challenged the Taliban to a fight, supporters said. Due to his strong stance against the Taliban, Khalid and his family could not get inside the airport because the Taliban controlled the entrances.
Sgt. Major Chris Green said he was “incredibly happy” to learn Khalid and his family were safe.
According to Robert McCreary (former congressional chief of staff and White House official under President George W. Bush), multiple allies, including the British, helped in Operation Promise Kept. Khalid, his wife, and their four sons, ages between 3 and 12, were “safe in an undisclosed location under the protection of the United States.”
US officials said other Afghan allies, including police and military, also deserve to be saved. They also said more rescue efforts were in progress, but they could not discuss details.
Khalid’s friends stated he had no intention of leaving Afghanistan. He planned to stand with his countrymen to defend Afghanistan after US forces departed. However, the government collapsed almost immediately, with that a fleeing president.
“He fought until he had nothing left to fight with… was wounded and surrounded. His forces were not being resupplied. And echelons above him in the government had already begun to make their exit plan… and striking deals. So people like him who were fighting were left stranded, and they were left without support,” said US Army Special Forces Sgt. Major Chris Green.
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