Unsettling Report: Leak Reveals Livid 82nd Airborne Colonel Tried to Save US Citizens Before Being Forced to Abandon Them


Amidst the frantic Afghanistan evacuation effort, one high-ranking military officer allegedly had a sober message to send private citizens on Sunday as they worked together to get as many people as possible out.

“We are f***ing abandoning American citizens,” the unnamed U.S. military commander reportedly said via text message.

The messages were sent in a group chat made up of “private citizens working with private networks and the military to rescue stranded Americans,” according to Just the News.

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This message, coming from an Army colonel assigned to the 82nd Airbourne Division who was presumably on the ground in Afghanistan, greatly contradicts President Joe Biden’s rhetoric describing the withdrawal effort as an “extraordinary success.”

Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier and war correspondent, was among the private citizens receiving the messages, which were then sent to Just the News.

Due to Biden’s strict evacuation deadline, Yon said that his group was forced to abandon a group of Americans at the Kabul airport as they were “waving their passport screaming, ‘I’m American.'”

“People were turned away from the gate by our own Army,” Yon said, according to Just the News.

Americans left behind then “scattered to safe houses to avoid be captured,” the outlet reported.

This prompted Yon to send a scathing email — which he also shared with Just the News — to an Army major who abandoned those Americans.

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Yon alleged that both the major and Gen. Mark Milley — the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff — were told where the Americans were but left them behind anyway.

“You guys left American citizens at the gates of the Kabul airport. Three empty jets paid for by volunteers were waiting for them. You and I talked on the phone. I told you where they were. Gave you their passport images. And my email and phone number. And you left them behind,” Yon wrote.

“And this is Special Operations Command. General Milley also knew. Great job saving yourselves. Probably get a lot of medals.”

The president’s hasty withdrawal left up to 200 Americans behind in Afghanistan, KTLA-TV reported.

All of those people were left behind after the Taliban, according to The Associated Press, “insist[ed] the airlift must end” by Biden’s promised Aug. 31 deadline, whether or not all Americans had been evacuated.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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