Glenn Pangelinan, nicknamed Pango, is a human intelligence officer who served several missions with the U.S. military in Afghanistan to support Navy SEALs. Since the US withdrawal, he has worked tirelessly to help veteran groups extract vulnerable Afghan allies.
“We are not concerned with leaving people behind,” Pangelinan, a native of Guam, told Fox News. “This is critical as a statement to those in Europe and those in Asia that when you help the United States, we will stand by you no matter what.”
Pango has just returned from a two-week tour of the site to his native Guam to meet with the governor and see if Guam could serve as a transit hub for thousands of Afghan commandos and their families.
What keeps him and other veteran private rescue groups _ as well as certain members of Congress – up at night are the highly trained Afghan commandos, who are still in safe houses throughout Afghanistan, and believe the United States is coming to rescue them and becomes increasingly desperate.
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“The estimate is 5,600. They have been completely investigated. These are individuals who were given craftsmanship by the intelligence community,” Pango explained. “These are people who have been given special tactics for weapons training.”
And the United States may need them again one day to fight ISIS.
Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., Wants Congress to pass legislation to make it easier for the Biden administration to evacuate these investigated allies.
“These commandos are trained, highly trained, in how we make signal intelligence, how we make human intelligence, how we operate,” Waltz said in an interview. “We know the Taliban are chasing them. They are trying to force them to hand over that information through coercion so they can use it and they can understand how we operate.”
Veterans fear that if the Afghan commandos become desperate enough, they will sell their skills to terrorist groups like the Taliban and ISIS.
“If people are selling their children at this time, as it has been reported that they have been in Afghanistan,” Pango explained, “what would a person do to save their children or their family if they are threatened by ISIS, KP or the Taliban? What would you do? We can only consider the worst. “
The Afghan commando training program has always been a favorite among U.S. generals to show off in front of visiting senior officials from Washington.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Was photographed meeting with Afghan female commandos in 2019. Commanders may actually be needed again if the United States is to return to Afghanistan.
“The Department of Defense says ISIS could attack its home country over the next six months. That means we may have to go back as soldiers,” said Waltz, the first green beret ever elected to Congress. “We may have to send our special operators back to deal with the growing ISIS and al Qaeda threat. Now they all know our tactics, techniques and procedures that put future US soldiers at risk. So it’s even more critical, that we get these commandos out. “
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When asked at NATO headquarters about the commandos, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin promised to help.
“We are not done. We will continue our work and so we will work as hard as we can as long as we need to take care of as many people as we possibly can,” Austin said in Brussels last month.
One option is to air the commandos to Guam, the U.S. protectorate that has historically served as an evacuation hub for Allies in wartime. Tens of thousands of South Vietnamese refugees were sent there after Saigon’s fall at the behest of President Gerald Ford.
“President Ford in the case of South Vietnam instructed the entire federal government and passed legislation in Congress to use Guam to evacuate our allies, whom we knew the North Vietnamese would capture, torture, detain and indoctrinate and treat horribly,” Waltz said.
“Guam has been a kind of staging post throughout American history to really help our allies for moral reasons, for national security reasons, but then also to provide a staging post for the appropriate investigation before they come to the United States. And I think It would work just fine again now. “
Guam’s governor wrote to President Biden in June, offering the Pacific island as a solution.
“Guam has stood ready to serve as a safe and secure route for this type of humanitarian effort throughout our history. And today it is no different. I assure you that my administration is ready to help carry out your plans in this case, if Guam be elected, “wrote Governor Lourdes Guerrero.
The island has also housed Kurdish fighters, who were evacuated by the U.S. military after it left Iraq.
Glen Pangelinan says the island’s protectorate can house up to 30,000 Afghans.
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“When it comes to these commandos, they have gone through so many different processes to investigate before being recruited while in training and then post-training, as each team swaps a unit to continue the mission,” Pango explained. intelligence officer.
“The few devices are re-examining them through biometrics and then in other ways,” he continued. “These groups are known to be the Counterterrorism Center. They are known by the Ground Intelligence Center, the Defense Intelligence Agency. SOCOM. These are people who have been on SOCOM’s payroll for a while. So there is considerable value in bringing them back. on our side instead of leaving them in Afghanistan and being available to the various groups that are going to fight for power in Afghanistan. “
The State Department sent dozens of Afghan pilots stranded in Tajikistan to Abu Dhabi after the New York Times published a story revealing the situation of the heroic pilots who flew dozens of Afghan warplanes purchased for US aid money. in safety in Tajikistan after the fall of Kabul. They were sitting in prison-like conditions in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, waiting for help from the US Embassy.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was asked about the Afghan pilots during a briefing on Wednesday.
“They arrived very early this morning (in Abu Dhabi). I understand that they are still there,” he said. “Operation Allies Welcome Task Force and the Embassy are registering today to begin processing their eventual admission to the United States as parolees.”