After the hasty withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, Taliban* militants launched a swift offensive seeking to reclaim territory from government forces. They completed their mission by seizing Kabul on 15 August, prompting Western nations to rush to evacuate diplomatic staff, citizens and vulnerable Afghans.
British special forces in Afghanistan had to resort to a cunning strategy to slip through Taliban*-controlled check posts to reach Kabul, reports the Daily Star.
A unit of up to 20 soldiers from the British Army’s Special Air Service (SAS) was ostensibly ordered to gear up for an extraction to Kabul amid the lighting-swift offensive of the Islamist militants in the wake of withdrawing US and NATO troops.
They were warned that no helicopters were available to fly them out of the south of the country, where they were stationed for their secret mission, says the report.
Forced to leave behind most of their military gear, the elite soldiers, whose motto is “Who Dares Wins”, opted for subterfuge. They bought five taxis to drive the hundreds of miles to the capital, Kabul.
As their route lay through a number of Taliban roadblocks, they are said to have enlisted the help of Afghan counter-terrorist police. The latter provided them with a variety of burqas in different colours – the traditional women’s Islamic garment that covers the entire body and the face, with only a mesh screen allowing the wearer to see in front of her.
Thus, the fleet of taxis…