For retired Green Berets like Matt Coburn, who served five tours in Afghanistan, the war is not over.
“Once everybody left on Aug. 31, we’ve been just trying to keep them alive,” Coburn said, referring to Afghan elite commandos who could not get through Kabul airport gates. “The huge barrier we faced is because they were all fighting until the end, none of them had planned to leave and hadn’t applied for special immigrant visas. They have no status, and a lot of them don’t have passports.”
He and other U.S. military veterans are still working tirelessly through privately financed groups to rescue their translators and commandos, like the one we spoke to at Fort Dix New Jersey. He is a senior Afghan officer who joined the Afghan Army in 2002, was trained by U.S. Special Forces 3rd Group and helped establish the Center for Excellence and the Afghan commando training program.
The program was the pride of U.S. military generals who always showed visiting journalists and diplomats their elite training camp south of Kabul. The officer asked for anonymity, but with the help of Coburn, he managed to make it into the airport and escape Afghanistan on Aug. 26 with 39 extended