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Afghan pilot helps people flee country under Taliban rule

Aug 30, 2021, 7:00 AM | Updated: 8:55 am
Photo: Col. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Twitter...
Photo: Col. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Twitter

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan pilot is among the many frantically scrambling to get friends, family, and comrades out of the country after the Taliban takeover. 

Through his Twitter account, Afghan Special Mission Wing Pilot Col. Abdul Rahman Rahmani regularly chronicles his devastation over the fall of Afghanistan. 

The pilot also Tweets the difficult challenge of helping people escape the nation now under Taliban rule. 

Col. Rahmani says he dreads the day when he will eventually be forced to leave his beloved homeland. In the meantime, he’s helping as many people escape as possible. 

Friend to a fallen Utah hero

Rahmani has a unique tie to Utah. He was a good friend to Utah Army National Guard Maj. Brent Taylor before he was killed in Kabul in 2018. The pilot penned a heartfelt letter to Taylor’s widow, Jennie, about the man he looked up to and respected. 

The colonel says the Taliban are specifically looking for Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. during its two decades in the region. However, Rahmani says he will not be deterred. 

Col. Abdul Rahman Rahmani also joined Utah’s Morning News after Maj. Taylor’s death to talk about the wonderful colleague who taught him so much. 

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