Opinion | Inside the CIA’s desperate efforts to rescue its Afghan allies

CIA allies remained a cohesive force even as the Afghan military collapsed, sources said. They provided security at Kabul airport during the evacuation. And they carried out secret missions “outside the line”, sometimes pretending to be taxi drivers, to rescue Americans who were stranded or too scared to get to the airport. The knowledgeable source said that through such operations, the CIA team managed to rescue 2,000 U.S. citizens, 4,000 local employees from the U.S. Embassy and 1,500 NGO workers and foreign journalists.

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