A well-thumbed copy of Not a Good Day to Die, which informs how American forces almost came reversed battling in Afghanistan in the early phases of the war, rests on a bed in a deserted United States barrack space at Kabul airport.
On a table beside it are 2 water bottles, a number of empty bullet housings, and a smoke grenade. A bottle of Tabasco hot sauce, a United States military staple, rests on another.
In a different space, a frustrating odor of decaying food pervades as a Taliban fighter equipped with an M16 rifle takes images on his cellphone.
A month after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, indications of the 20-year US-led profession are still noticeable at Kabul’s airport, consisting of clear proof of Washington’s embarrassing exit.
United States medical sets, vests, shoes, bed mattress, bathroom tissue, files, and other products are spread about the military quarters of the airport, not yet gotten rid of by the brand-new rulers of the ravaged nation.
“The Taliban takeover was unimaginable, but the US exit was truly unthinkable,” stated an Afghan security personnel who had a front-row seat of the withdrawal operation from the civilian side of the airport.
The panic and confusion as the Taliban went into the capital appeared to see, he stated.
“It was the first time I saw US soldiers like this.”
The state of what has actually been left bears testament to the worried exit.
In a field center at the United States camp, beside a little station house, emergency treatment sets are held on sandbags a couple of meters from an outside health club, a beach ball court, and a conference room with red chairs that looks like an indoor movie theater.
A strong odor of disinfectant increases from the spaces, where boxes of medical devices are still unblemished, and folding beds covered in grey sheets are exposed.
In part of the military side of the airport today, lots of harmed aircrafts and automobiles were cordoned off by Taliban barriers made from anything from umbrellas to folding metal chairs.
Abandoned Afghan military uniforms litter the floorings of garages filled with bullet-riddled helicopters.
Standing beside a little aircraft without any doors, a Taliban fighter takes a look at shattered windows and states loudly with a smile: “Boom, boom, boom.”