Reporter alleges buses of American women captured by Taliban
August 30, 2021

Journalist Emily Miller tweeted a nightmarish quote earlier today. Miller’s source alleges that several buses of American women were refused entry to Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) and subsequently taken by the Taliban.

While the source remains unnamed, Miller claims that the individual is a retired special operator volunteering in Afghanistan. If true, this means that the person supplying the information is likely one of those operating with “Task Force Pineapple,” or a volunteer group conducting similar efforts.

Task Force Pineapple and buses of evacuees

ABC first covered Task Force Pineapple’s mission last Friday, which is aimed at stealthily assisting Afghan allies to escape. The group is comprised of volunteering current and former U.S. special operators, aid workers, intelligence officers, and others with previous experience in Afghanistan.

The group of volunteers undertook operation “Pineapple Express” last week through Thursday, meaning they carried on as a suicide bombing ripped through crowds outside of HKIA on the same day.

Also on Thursday, the group said that they have brought as many as 630 Afghan special operators, assets and enablers, and their families, into HKIA, since the August 15 fall of Kabul.

HKIA Evacuation effort

A U.S. Air Force security forces raven, assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, assists qualified evacuees boarding a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA), Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brennen Lege)

According to former Green Beret Capt. Zac Lois, a member of Task Force Pineapple, all of the volunteers’ operations are modeled after Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad. This basis led to each of these missions being conducted under the veil of night.

Following her initial tweet, Miller also claimed that these volunteers have faced numerous setbacks when attempting to get people into the airport.

While the specific claims of buses filled with American women being captured by the Taliban remain unconfirmed, the possibility of it is distressing enough. As these reports continue rolling out, a watchful eye is needed to ensure that those most-endangered are not overlooked.

With the withdrawal deadline only a day away, the information spilling out of Afghanistan will likely continue to escalate in severity.

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