In the early days of the Afghanistan war, Facebook and Twitter were both used to mobilize troops to the front lines. These technologies have been used to mobilize troops in war ever since, but it seems that their applications have evolved over the years. In the early days of the Afghanistan war, Facebook and Twitter were both used to mobilize troops to the front lines. These technologies have been used to mobilize troops in war ever since, but it seems that their applications have evolved over the years.
After Operation Enduring Freedom, or OEF for short, was over, the U.S. military realized that they had a new tactic for gaining intelligence through social media. They realized that they could use social media to call for the evacuation of their allies during a conflict. This tactic is known as the “Yellow Card” and it is a sign of respect and solidarity to call for the evacuation of one’s allies.
In an amazing story, Afghan allies who were living in Iran have been evacuated from the country by social media. The Iranian government has been using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to keep track of people and share information about the country’s political and social problems. To help maintain order, the government has created a Facebook page and Twitter account to update the people on the latest political events and the evacuation of Afghan refugees from Iran.
C-17s (among others) are returning home our troops, much as the “Little Ships of Dunkirk” did for their British and French allies during WWII.
The many tiny British ships that aided the Royal Navy have become symbols of valiant resistance against Nazi might. Using paddle steamers, pleasure yachts, trawlers, shrimpers, crabbers, and tugboats to “bring the lads home,” as historian Angus Calder puts it.
In the midst of the turmoil in Afghanistan, people in need of assistance are depending on messages and social media postings rather than boats.
U.S. veterans, military members, and other members of the public are stepping up to create routes for our Afghan friends through the Taliban’s “gauntlet” and into safety at Hamid Karzai International Airport, nicknamed the “Digital Dunkirk” and the “Lance Corporal Underground Railroad.”
Because the US government appears to be failing to provide the administrative and logistical support required to evacuate tens of thousands of Afghan allies and their families, American veterans and civilians are stepping in to fill the void, establishing ad hoc evacuation routes for Afghan men, women, and children.
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Mike Jason, a former US Army colonel, told Foreign Policy, “We simply created this network to find out who’s going to get my friend past the gate [at the Kabul airport].” “And we simply discovered there are a lot of other people doing it as well,” says the author.
According to Foreign Policy, a group of West Point grads has launched Allied Airlift 21, a website that provides step-by-step instructions for Afghans seeking to flee the country.
Other veterans have used social media to plan safe ways for people to arrive at the Hamid Karzai International Airport at the appropriate moment so that Marines and other military personnel on the ground can identify them and get them through.
Zeroblog30, a veteran-produced podcast, has been at the forefront of the movement, sharing ideas, connections, and the cries of soldiers and Afghans alike.
Major Thomas Schueman, a Marine infantry officer and Afghanistan combat veteran, has spent the last week working hard to free his former interpreter, Zak, from the Taliban’s hands.
“He wasn’t just a translator; he was my brother, essentially one of my Marines,” Schueman told “Nightline” of his sibling. “I am dedicated to the people I serve and lead for the rest of my life.”
Schueman has been attempting to assist Zak in obtaining a visa to enter the United States for the last five years.
“I believe it is a straightforward transaction. We will give you with a visa if you serve with US forces,” Schueman stated. “We did not grant the visa since he served with US troops. That, I believe, is a betrayal.”
Since 2001, more than 300 translators and their family members have been targeted and murdered because of their connections to the United States, according to the volunteer group No One Left Behind.
As Afghanistan came under Taliban control in recent days, Schueman worked frantically to bring Zak, his wife, and their four small children to safety.
Screenshots of Schueman and Milad’s discussion as the Afghan and his family try to get to Hamid Karzai International Airport. (Instagram)
“Another Afghan, Milad, was reached via social media and offered to take Zak and his family to the airport,” says Coffee or Die, after being pushed back by gunfire. “As revenge, the Taliban murdered Milad’s father-in-law as Milad was attempting to bring Zak and his family to the correct gate. Milad, undeterred, drove Zak’s family the next day and, due to cooperation with soldiers on the ground, brought them to the correct gate.”
Countless more tales similar to Zak’s are making headlines, and rightfully so.
Even while American veterans have worked hard and accomplished amazing achievements to rescue Afghans, the frightening truth remains that in Kabul, a text or a phone call may be the difference between life and death.
Additional options for assisting with the evacuation and giving basic needs to Afghan refugees are available for anyone who want to help.
*The crews of the pleasure steamers and fishing boats in Dunkirk were really members of the Royal Naval Reserve. Despite the fact that few British Expeditionary Forces owed their escape from Dunkirk to small boats manned by civilian volunteers, the feel-good narrative of the “Little Ships” rescuing Britain lives on.
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