First Footage of the Taliban Entering Kabul Airport Area After US Exit

Taliban enter American side of Kabul airport (Credit: Nabih Bulos)

This is some report — and we have to give credit to Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Nabih Bulos, for it.

Bulos decided to stay at the airport to cover what happened as the Taliban went into the formerly American-controlled area after the U.S. flew out for the last time.

Among the things that were remarkable was how the Taliban were decked out like Special Forces with likely American weapons which they have acquired since the pull-out started. They walked into a hangar and examined helicopters that were left behind just minutes ago when the U.S. left for the last time. The video has been viewed more than 3 million times.

“We’re here right now with the Taliban as they enter…what was only minutes ago…an American-controlled portion of the military airport,” Bulos said as he walked with them in the video. “Now, they’ve taken over.”

People later corrected the report that the helicopters were “Chinooks,” noting that in fact, they were CH-46 Sea Knights and had reportedly been rendered inoperable.

Even though the aircraft were reportedly disabled, it’s still obviously disconcerting to see them there, the hangar intact and things not blown up. Especially with them toting the military gear and weaponry, wondering how they can use that for evil ends in the future. It’s unclear exactly how much weaponry and equipment they acquired during the American pull-out but reports indicate that it was a significant amount.

Unfortunately, the Biden team also left something behind even more important than disabled planes and helicopters — Americans and Afghan allies who are still trapped — and there’s no way they can disable our memory of that.