The Afghan interpreter who helped President Joe Biden escape from Afghanistan in 2008 has finally reached safety in the U.S. five months after America’s military departure.
Interpreter Mohammad Aman Khalili appeared on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday along with Brian Genthe, a U.S. military veteran who helped him escape.
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“It was a long trip as a start from the north of Afghanistan, right to the border of Pakistan,” Khalili said.
“It took me a long, long time. It was very scary on the roads because it was new power, a new changing situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban were on the roads, and they were checking and watching, as everybody is to find out their opponent and arrest them,” he added.
Former interpreter Mohammad Aman Khalili, who helped Joe Biden escape Afghanistan, and Brian Genthe, a Purple Heart veteran who helped secure his departure, joined 'Fox & Friends First' to discuss how he was able to flee the Taliban-controlled nation. https://t.co/mYAiuFAeAK
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Khalili served as a member of the team that helped rescue then-Sen. Biden and other senators after the group’s Black Hawk helicopter was forced to land due to bad weather in 2008.
Khalili, along with his wife and five children, were rescued by U.S. military aircraft in Islamabad, Pakistan, concluding a months-long journey, Safi Rauf, Founder of the Human First Coalition reported in October, according to the Military Times.
“The Human First Coalition, according to Rauf, moved Khalili and his family from Mazar-E-Sharif to Kabul and then to Helmand province. From there, the Khalili and his family were able to slip across the Pakistani border and on to Islamabad, where a U.S. military fight emanating from Qatar waited,” the report added.
The interpreter sent a message to Biden through The Wall Street Journal on August 31 from Afghanistan on the last day of America’s military presence in the nation.
“Hello Mr. President: Save me and my family,” he said. “Don’t forget me here.”
Mohammad Aman Khalili, Afghan interpreter who helped @POTUS @JoeBiden, @JohnKerry & Hagel in 2008, successfully exited Afghanistan along with his wife & children after weeks in hiding after being abandoned by Biden.
— Joe (@9Joe9) October 11, 2021
The interview is a reminder of the intense chaos that occurred in Afghanistan in August 2021 as the Taliban regained power and the U.S. sought to evacuate Americans and Afghan refugees. The U.S. also lost 13 military service members during an explosion outside of the Kabul airport from a suicide bomber.
The Daily Wire reported at the time:
The 13 troops were murdered by a terrorist who was freed from Bagram prison after U.S. forces abandoned the area amidst Biden’s orders to pull out of the country.
“Senior Indian intelligence sources familiar with the case have told Firstpost that he was handed over to the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency by the Research and Analysis Wing in September 2017,” Firstpost reported. “However, the jihadist walked free on 15 August along with thousands of other dangerous terrorists held in the high-security prison, taking advantage of the chaos that ensued in the aftermath of the United State’s hurried exit and the Taliban’s swift takeover of the entire country.”
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said in an interview late last week that the U.S. had lost virtually all of its capability to track Islamic terrorists in al-Qaeda and other organizations inside Afghanistan after Biden’s pullout from the country.
In addition, up to several thousand Americans were left behind in Afghanistan at the time. A vast array of U.S. military equipment was also abandoned to the Taliban.
The Biden administration authorized a drone attack in response to the suicide bombing. The failed strike instead hit an Afghan family, killing 10 people, including seven children.
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