A well-thumbed copy of Not a Good Day to Die, which tells how American forces nearly got here undone combating in Afghanistan within the early levels of the warfare, lies on a mattress in a abandoned United States barrack room at Kabul airport.
On a desk subsequent to it are two water bottles, a few empty bullet casings and a smoke grenade. A bottle of Tabasco scorching sauce – a United States army staple – sits on one other.
In a separate room, an awesome scent of rotting meals pervades as a Taliban fighter armed with an M16 rifle takes footage on his cell phone.
A month after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, indicators of the 20-year US-led occupation are nonetheless seen at Kabul’s airport, together with clear proof of Washington’s humiliating exit.
US medical kits, vests, sneakers, mattresses, bathroom paper, paperwork and different objects are scattered concerning the army quarters of the airport, not but disposed of by the brand new rulers of the devastated nation.
“The Taliban takeover was unimaginable … but the US exit was truly unthinkable,” mentioned an Afghan safety guard who had a front-row seat of the withdrawal operation from the civilian aspect of the airport.
The panic and confusion because the Taliban entered the capital was plain to see, he mentioned.
“It was the first time I saw US soldiers like this.”
The state of what has been left behind bears testimony to the panicked exit.
In a subject clinic on the US camp, subsequent to a small hearth station, first support kits are held on sandbags a number of metres from an outside health club, a volleyball courtroom and a gathering room with crimson chairs that resembles an indoor cinema.
A powerful scent of disinfectant rises from the rooms, the place packing containers of medical gear are nonetheless untouched and folding beds lined in gray sheets are left open.
In a part of the army aspect of the airport this week, dozens of broken planes and automobiles have been cordoned off by Taliban barricades manufactured from something from umbrellas to folding metallic chairs.
Abandoned Afghan army uniforms litter the flooring of hangars crammed with bullet-riddled helicopters.
Standing subsequent to a small aircraft with no doorways, a Taliban fighter seems at shattered home windows and says loudly with a smile: “Boom, boom, boom.”