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Alongside their counterparts from Turkey, peacekeepers from Azerbaijan hoisted children threatened by the crush of desperate asylum-seekers at the airport to safety. (Screenshots: TRT World)

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After the Taliban took over Afghanistan, chaotic scenes emerged at the Kabul Airport of diplomats accompanied by thousands of Afghans going to great lengths to leave the country. So far, at least seven Afghans have been killed in either stampedes where they were suffocated to death or trampled upon or from heart attacks due to their great desire to depart as quickly as possible from the Asian country. Although many countries have already left Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban taking over, one country has remained behind to help out those in need.    

Azerbaijan, together with a small group of other countries, still have personnel at the airport and social media videos have shown Azerbaijani soldiers helping children to flee Kabul.  

Ahmad Obali, an Azerbaijani Iranian journalist who heads Gunaz TV in Chicago,  stated on Twitter: “While Armenian forces in Syria support Bashar Al Assad, Azerbaijani soldiers in Kabul facilitate the evacuation of Westerners and vulnerable Afghans.” The Network of Azerbaijani Canadians added: “Most NATO members are out of Afghanistan, but the Azerbaijani military have stayed behind together with the Turkish military and are helping stranded children reach safety at the Kabul Airport.”       

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated in a recent press release: “What we have witnessed in recent days is a tragedy for the people of Afghanistan. The situation remains very difficult and unpredictable. NATO has worked around the clock to man operations at the Kabul International Airport, allowing thousands of people to leave.”

It is critical to note that the Taliban that took over Afghanistan is the same brutal terrorist organization that hosted Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Ladin, who were responsible for the September 11 terror attacks. These are also the same individuals who sought to bar women and girls the right to study and work, in addition to compelling them to wear an inhumane burka that covered their eyes and stoned them to death for any minor infraction. 

This is the same brutal terror organization that amputates body parts as a punishment for minor infractions, including a child stealing a loaf of bread. For this reason, there is a great rush for people to leave Afghanistan.       

According to Stoltenberg, “Around 800 NATO civilian personnel have worked to keep the airport open.  I would like to thank the military forces of NATO allies and our partner Azerbaijan for their vital role in securing the airport. And I thank all of the allies who have today pledged to receive Afghans at risk.”

Earlier, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported: “Despite the tense situation in the region, the 120-man peace-keeping unit of the Azerbaijan Army together with the Turkish troops continues to carry out its duties to secure the airport. We are in constant contact with our peacekeepers and the moral and psychological condition of the military personnel is at a high level. The operation is being closely monitored in coordination with fraternal Turkey.”  

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It should be emphasized that Azerbaijani peacekeepers have been serving in Afghanistan since 2002. Aside from serving on the ground, Azerbaijan has made it easier for NATO forces to transport goods into Azerbaijan. According to Caspian News, “Around 40 percent of NATO cargo destined for Afghanistan passes through Azerbaijan.”

“Azerbaijan did the right step to care for their citizens and diplomats, as well as the civilian population,” Ayoob Kara, who served as Israel’s Communication, Satellite and Cyber Minister, stressed. “I am proud of the behavior of Azerbaijan, who care about their citizens and the poor Afghans that worked with the West. This is an example for all of NATO.” 

This crisis shows that the Azerbaijani soldiers are peaceful and contribute to humanity, as they went far away from their country merely to partake in a humanitarian mission. They support the Afghan people during their hour of need and are a very good ally of NATO, working day and night to save lives under difficult conditions. And for this, they should be praised.

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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