Harrowing footage has emerged of Afghan mothers throwing their babies over barbed wire at Kabul airport as they begged British troops to save them from the Taliban.
“The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. They shouted, ‘Save my baby!’ and threw the babies at us. Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire,” a Parachute Regiment officer told the UK’s Independent.
“It was awful what happened. By the end of the night, there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying,” he added quietly.
The heartbreaking scene unfolded as locals also handed their children to US soldiers on the other side of an airport wall in hopes of getting them placed on evacuation flights from the embattled capital.
An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III.
A White House official said late Wednesday that about 1,800 people had been evacuated on 10 C-17 flights over the prior 24 hours, far from the 5,000 to 9,000 people the Pentagon estimated could be evacuated in a day if all was going smoothly.
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