Evacuating Jets Execute Combat Manoeuvres Amid ISIS Missile Fears

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Evacuating Jets Execute Combat Manoeuvres Amid ISIS Missile Fears
Rescue aircraft using flares

U.S. Army jets performing evacuation missions into Kabul have been caught on tape dropping flares and doing nosedive combat landings as fears of ISIS missiles arise.

A French Air Force A400M taking off from an Afghan airport launched a half-dozen flares moments after takeoff, western media reported.

About 20,000 people have been flown out of the war-torn country since the Taliban seized control of the capital on August 15.

U.S. Apache helicopter gunships have also been seen dropping the flares.

President of the United States Joe Biden said during an address recently that civilian evacuation mission that the U.S. military is undertaking in Afghanistan is one of the largest and most difficult airlifts in history.

The U.S. moved out 5,700 evacuees Thursday, and Biden said that the government is working to verify the number of Americans who are still in Afghanistan and how many U.S. citizens have been able to return to their country.

The Taliban have been known to possess Russian-made SA-7 Manpads, and American Fim-92 Stinger shoulder-launched missile systems acquired from previous raids and conflicts. Leaked U.S. military reports in 2010 suggested the Taliban may have successfully used the weapons on a coalition Chinook helicopter in 2007, killing the passengers and crew.

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