The sight of violence and people desperate to escape Kabul struck a chord with Ahmad Shah Mohibi, a former counterterrorism adviser in Afghanistan whose family worked with the US government during its presence in the country over the past 20 years.
Mohibi, whose parents were evacuated from Afghanistan on Monday, spoke with CNN about his experience working with the US following an attack at Kabul’s airport that killed more than 60 people.
“I look at my nephews and nieces and the pictures of them sleeping in the dirt. It really made me to think this is not what we deserve. Look, hundreds of SIVs, they are calling me, ‘can you help us?’ And I said, ‘I cannot,'” Mohibi said. “This should have not happened. … All these great people supported the US mission of Afghanistan with combat and terrorism.”
Some context: US Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, said Thursday that although the “threat from ISIS is extremely real,” troops are still assisting with bringing people onto the airfield at Kabul’s airport.
“We are continuing to bring people onto the airfield. We just brought a number of buses aboard the airfield over the last couple or three hours. We’ll continue to process and flow people out. The plan is designed to operate under stress and under attack. And we will coordinate to make sure it’s safe for American citizens to come to the airfield. If it’s not, we’ll tell them to hold and work other ways to get them to the airport. We’ll continue to flow them out until the end of the month,” he said.
McKenzie also said that officials expect attacks to continue, and “we’re doing everything we can to prevent those attacks.”