Brigadier General James Martin, CO of the 16th Air Assault Brigade, warned that British soldiers could not “overlook” the horror and would need help recovering from the “harrowing” mission
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Young paras who rushed to help the wounded and dying after the devastating suicide bombings at Kabul airport received online advice.
The news comes after Brigadier General James Martin, CO of the 16th Air Assault Brigade, warned that British soldiers could not “overlook” the horror and would need help recovering from the “harrowing” mission.
Last week’s IS-K attacks killed 13 US Marines and more than 130 civilians as thousands rushed into the airport in hopes of escaping the Taliban.
Brig Martin told how the brave British “ran towards the explosions” during the double suicide attack and described a “chaos scene” as they secured the area with US forces. They helped treat the injured, including a baby.
He added, “Have you seen any harrowing things? Have you seen some of the worst and best in human existence? Absolutely.”
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Brig Martin called the actions of his soldiers during Operation Pitting – the largest evacuation in the country since World War II – “one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen”.
It has flown more than 15,000 people from the clutches of the Taliban. Brig Martin said his soldiers immediately recognized the first explosion as a suicide bombing and flew to the gate, where it exploded.
“Two to three seconds later, we were hit by a wave of CS gas, effectively the vaporization of gas that American soldiers were carrying,” he told Sky News.
“She [the Paras] provided the Americans with support and a security area so that the Americans could withdraw their wounded and killed. “
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The Paras received advice through Zoom and also attended trauma risk management sessions with senior non-commissioned officers to discuss traumatic events.
600 soldiers from 2 Para were the first to land at Hamid Karzai International when the airlift began last month.
From the Baron Hotel, the soldiers took out most of the British nationals within 24 hours, then switched to dual nationals and those who had helped the Allies.
It was reported today that the airport has reopened to aid deliveries and will soon be ready for civilian flights.
Meanwhile, the Taliban said they had defeated resistance forces in Panjshir Valley, the last bastion of resistance. But the rebel leaders deny this.
At least 17 people were killed and more than 40 injured in a solemn exchange of fire by the Taliban in Kabul on Friday.