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Texas Family Hiding From Taliban For More Than A Year Finally Rescued

The family was among seven American Lawful Permanent Residents rescued from Afghanistan over Slingshot 11 Operation

Efforts continue to rescue Afghani soldiers and translators who worked along side American forces prior to the withdrawl of NATO forces in Afghanistan. A group of lawfully permanent residents (LPRs) of the U.S. finally can be rescued from the clutches of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The family was among seven LPRs rescued in an operation titled Slingshot 11 under Project Dynamo. Project Dynamo announced that successfully operation on Tuesday in a news release.

A group of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) rescued from Afghanistan enter the United States via an airport. Project Dynamo has rescued a Texas family who was hiding from the Taliban for more than a year in an operation titled Slingshot 11. PROJECTDYNAMO

Formerly, seven American LPRs who had been hiding in eastern Afghanistan since August 2021, when the Taliban took control of the country after the U.S. military withdrawal. 

Taliban fighters from the Fateh Zwak unit, taking over the Kabul International Airport after the U.S. Military have completed their withdrawal, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. A group of lawful permanent residents (LPRS) of the U.S. had been hiding in eastern Afghanistan since August of 2021, Project DYNAMO has successfully rescued them. MARCUS YAM/GETTYIMAGES

Family member of seven American LPRS who had been hiding contacted Project Dynamo to request assistance. Dynamo’s network of human infrastructure on the ground in Afganistan and around the world mobilized to begin the required groundwork to complete the complicated rescue.

Certain details of the rescue are being withheld due to operational security. The airplane carrying those who were rescued exited Afgan airspace Tuesday morning.

“Every rescue and operation is different, and this one was yet another unique challenge. It required safe houses, vehicles, airplanes, medical personnel and extensive operational testing and planning to successfully mitigate dozens of Taliban-controlled checkpoints along the route, allowing Project Dynamo to get the family safely out of Afghanistan,” said Bryan Stern, who coordinated the mission on the ground in the United Arab Emirates and was escorting the LPRs back to the U.S. on Tuesday.

Taliban fighters patrol the tarmac after the United States Military have completely withdrawn from the country and Taliban fighters moved in to take control of Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Project Dyanamo successfully mitigate dozens of Taliban-controlled checkpoints along the route, allowing Project Dynamo to get the family safely out Afghanistan. MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES

The American LPRs rescued were provided food, water, secure transportation, shelter, MMR, Polio, Chicken Pox, and COVID vaccinations in addition to PCR tests.

Operation Slingshot 11 was executed in the wake of the failure of the Afghan Adjustment Act being included in the December federal Omnibus Bill for fiscal year 2023.

“While the evacuees of Operation Slingsho 11 are already LPR’s and thus the bill doesn’t impact them, there are still tens of thousands of allies still trapped in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, and even more still that are in the U.S., who risk deportation after fighting with us,” Stern said. 

Project Dynamo has been conducting rescue operations in Afghanistan since the U.S.’s controversial withdrawal in 2021. To date, Project Dynamo has conducted over 100 independent rescue operations from Afghanistan evacuating American citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents – Green Card Holders, SIV holders, and vetted allies safely to the United States and neighboring countries including Slingshots – charter or commercial air evacuations to the United States, and Nomads – cross-border, land-based rescue operations to neighboring countries.

Concurrently, Project Dynamo has conducted rescue operations of Americans, the vulnerable, and innocent civilians from the most war-torn, contested, and Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine and evacuated them safely to neighboring countries including APOLLO-humanitarian convoys, GEMINI-newborn surrogate babies, AQUARIUS-pregnant surrogate mothers, ARIES-medical evacuations, ATLAS-special needs civilians, VOYAGER-Holocaust survivors, and ORION-special cases including the daring unilateral rescues of American citizens Robert Platt, John Spor, Terry Gateley, and Kirillo Alexandrov. 

Edited by Joseph Hammond

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