Scenes of people falling from the sky to their deaths from American airplanes were some of the darkest to come out of Kabul last week after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
A teenage soccer player for the former Afghan government’s national youth team has been identified as one of the victims, as The New York Times reported.
Zaki Anwari, 17, was killed after falling from an American C-17 plane.
“Kind and patient”
Desperate Afghans were filmed clinging to and falling from the plane, leaving the world horrified. According to NBC News, human remains were later found in the landing gear of the plane after it arrived in Qatar, the U.S. Air Force said.
Anwari’s death was confirmed by Afghanistan’s sports federation, the Times reported.
Like many Afghans, Anwari was in despair after the Taliban’s return to power, the group said. “Anwari was one of hundreds of young people who wanted to leave the country and, in an incident, fell off an American military plane and died,” the federation said. “He had no hope and wanted a better life,” they added.
“He was kind and patient, but like so many of our young people he saw the arrival of the Taliban as the end of his dreams and sports opportunities.”
Biden has no regrets
The chaos continued Monday as the Taliban threatened “consequences” if America does not depart Afghanistan by Aug. 31, Biden’s deadline to withdraw.
The Taliban have beaten Americans as well as Afghans thronging at the airport, and thousands of Americans remain stranded in the country. President Biden has made flaky promises to evacuate all Americans as his administration prepares to bring thousands of largely unvetted refugees into the country, Fox News reported.
Biden’s approval rating has taken a hit over the humiliating debacle, but he says he does not regret anything and that Americans will thank him later for ending America’s longest war.
“There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss and heartbreaking images you see on television. It’s just a fact. My heart aches for those people you see,” Biden said Sunday.
Biden was colder last week, dismissing the grim scenes of Afghans falling from the sky two days later by saying, “that was four days ago, five days ago.”