Former US Special Forces Surgeon


A former US Army Special Forces flight surgeon told the Epoch Times that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan should have been postponed to take advantage of the country’s harsh winter.

Lieutenant Colonel Omar Hamada also believes that the withdrawal should have been phased in, so it wouldn’t be as urgent as it is now.

“I understand that the Afghan National Police and the army were demanding to wait until the end of this combat season to withdraw. So the winter in Afghanistan is tough, but instead We just withdrew and removed their air support, and faced them almost alone with the Taliban, “said Hamada, now a doctor in the emergency room, on Friday.

“Of course, they collapsed quickly. If we were going more gradual, we would remove the personnel first, then the equipment, and then the transition slowly, rather than just cutting and executing. I think it was much more successful. I’ll leave everything on the ground, “he added.

The Taliban sent US-backed Afghan troops this month to complete the takeover of the country in mid-August after the US withdrew most of its troops.

The Taliban released thousands of prisoners and seized US-made equipment and supplies.

The acquisition has triggered the deployment of thousands of US troops to secure an airport in Kabul, allowing the evacuation of Americans, Afghanistan and others.

As of August 14, there were about 6,000 Americans in the country, according to US officials. About 900 of them were believed to be still there as of Friday.

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Taliban militants are guarding the August 26 bombing site in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2021. (Wakirkosar via Getty Images / AFP)
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President Joe Biden will talk about the situation in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021 in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (Drew Angeler / Getty Images)

President Joe Biden defended the withdrawal, claiming that he had achieved the goals set when the United States invaded the country following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban Claimed to have constrained his actions.

However, Hamada argued that Biden’s strategy off course due to the Taliban’s takeover led to at least one bombing that rocked Kabul on Thursday.

“Basically, I think we’re taking advantage of our expected weaknesses, knowing that we’re not responding, getting out as soon as possible, and the president being ordered by the Taliban.” Former Special Forces said member, speaking of the attacks allegedly carried out by ISIS.

Biden vowed to retaliate, but Hamada doubts the vow and believes that no reaction is substantive.

Hamada was one of the first US military waves to Afghanistan. Not much the same since then, the first mission of “denying the Taliban’s freedom of movement and destroying their ability to function” was replaced by more police functions in late 2002.

From now on, doctors believe that the United States should change course dramatically to save the situation in Afghanistan.

“I think the way to recover the whole situation … I think it’s to recapture major airfields across the country and send army rangers to do that. That’s their mission, their specialty, and then Green Berets, a battalion of special forces, to get out and recover and rescue the Americans and the Afghan allies they want to take, and slowly pull out of them, “he said. rice field.

However, US officials, including Biden, said the withdrawal deadline for August 31 was still set and there was not enough time to do so, Hamada added.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.