A former U.S. Army Green Beret-turned social research instructor who helps facilitate evacuations from Afghanistan informed Fox News on Monday that he and different particular forces personnel are “playing the long game” and “are not leaving [anyone] behind” because the Aug. 31 deadline for American troops to depart the nation is now solely hours away.
Zac Lois and different American veterans have banded collectively as Task Force Pineapple, establishing a “Pineapple Express” pipeline to Kabul’s airport and different elements of the nation that he says has introduced greater than 1,000 folks to security, together with American residents, Afghan particular forces troopers and authorities officers, and different overseas nationals.
“We have developed kind of an underground railroad, we have shepherds that guide flocks… its special operations personnel coaching, teaching, guiding and advising in most cases our brothers that we served with,” Lois, who teaches eighth-graders in Syracuse, N.Y., informed Fox News. “The U.S. government is sending us people as well that need help getting out, so we are in coordination and we are working with the U.S. government.”
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Lois says he joined the trouble in mid-August after being contacted by certainly one of its founders following a submit he made on LinkedIn in regards to the struggles of getting folks out of Afghanistan.
“I got involved because I was trying to get my former Afghan special forces teammates out of country and I just kept running into roadblocks over and over with the State Department and going through my Congressional representatives,” he mentioned.
Now Lois says Task Force Pineapple is “looking at options all over the board” and is “trying to get real creative” because the Biden administration’s Aug. 31 deadline quick approaches for all American troops to depart Afghanistan.
“The biggest thing is just getting people to safety right now. That is our primary focus,” Lois mentioned. “The way I see it right now the evacuation hasn’t ended, it has just begun.”
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“We are playing the long game,” he added. “We plan on being here for a while so that is why any support people can really give to Task Force Pineapple it would be really beneficial moving ahead.”
When requested if he has a message for these nonetheless trying to escape Afghanistan, Lois mentioned “we are not leaving you behind. We will come and get you. Keep the hope.
“I preserve telling my shepherds an Anne Frank quote: ‘Where there is hope there is life, it fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again,’” he told Fox News. “I simply have been reiterating that to our shepherds to maintain telling these folks, I perceive they’re scared, they’ve had a tough go of it – a variety of them. We simply must be form of that guiding mild for them, comforting them alongside by means of the method.”
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Lois, who spent 12 years within the army – together with stints in Iraq and Afghanistan – additionally mentioned the Task Force Pineapple effort resonates with him in his present function as a social research instructor.
“I focus on American history. One of the areas I teach on is Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad — she is kind of a big deal up here in Syracuse because she lived up here and did some operations up here,” he mentioned. “I have a Masters in military history and I can’t think of any historical example where something like this has really been done the way we did it.”
Fox News’ Andrew Murray contributed to this report.
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