The Government works with discretion so that some people afghans who have collaborated with Spain for the last 20 years and who were unable to leave Kabul at the end of August finally “may they come”.
Speaking to journalists during a visit to the headquarters of the Army’s Special Operations Command (MOE), in Alicante, where has personally thanked the work of evacuation to the operational team of the so-called ‘green berets’ displaced to Kabul, the Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, explained that these efforts continue and that they are being carried out “with great prudence and discretion.”
Has remembered that Spain has the “satisfaction” of having removed 2,000 people from Afghanistan in very difficult days and complicated by the “pressure” given the reality that there was a deadline in which a large number of Afghan collaborators had to be evacuated amid “avalanches, extreme temperatures and contamination”, among other factors.
Accompanied by the Chief of the Army Staff, General Javier Varela, Robles has assured that he will never forget “those last days of August” with a rescue that constituted “the obligation of Spain after 20 years in Afghanistan.”
“Spain is a caring and generous country that was not going to leave the people who collaborated with us abandoned” and for this it deployed a device in which “the Air Force overturned and also this unit” of the MOE.
From this elite unit, has highlighted that “immediately after they were called, they were with enormous efficiency and in very difficult conditions because there were real risk situations”He said before recalling that Spanish soldiers were “ten minutes before” in the area where an attack took the lives of 13 US Marines.
According to Robles, the MOE does a “great job where they are needed: In the riskiest and most difficult situations they are there and always with that component of humility that is so important.”
At the Alférez Rojas Navarrete barracks in Alicante, headed by Brigadier General Francisco García-Almenta Alonso, the commanders and members of the operational team have shown the minister the material used in the evacuation and have detailed some of the most difficult situations they experienced. at Kabul International Airport.
From this encounter, The minister highlighted the commitment of the military and commented that one of them had to leave, leaving his wife in the delivery room to have a child.
One of the soldiers who were there, nicknamed Frigo, has told journalists that in less than 12 hours they were called and displaced to Kabul, some of them on vacation, and has continued that they tried to bring “peace of mind” to the personnel who were already there. reinforcing safety in a stressful situation.
“There was a lot of uncertainty and it was a humanitarian drama,” This soldier has pointed out, who has not revealed his identity and who has highlighted the complexity of the search and identification of the personnel that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had advised to evacuate due to the huge number of people who were crowded in the vicinity of the airport.
He reported that some of these Afghans who were going to the airport to be evacuated even collaborated as a translator because the situation was “precarious” and they depended on negotiations with the Taliban forces stationed abroad.
The MOE has more than two decades of experience with some 150 relays abroad, precisely the majority in Afghanistan (around 60) but also in Lebanon, Bosnia, Mali, Kosovo and the Central African Republic and Iraq, the latter country where they maintain presence.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.