President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan debacle dominated media coverage for several weeks, but much of what was seen by the masses didn’t include what was really happening on the ground in Kabul and at the airport where tens of thousands of Afghans and U.S. citizens were sent for evacuation.
According to Task & Purpose, a number of U.S. troops, including a particular U.S. Marine, captured footage on their bodycams which seems to tell a vastly different tale than what the Biden administration otherwise labeled an orderly evacuation.
The video, which was uploaded at the beginning of September by Cpl. Mike Markland from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, and quickly went viral, as it shows a raw take of the trials and triumphs of U.S. troops on the ground in Kabul.
“I hope this answers questions”
Markland captioned the video by writing, “I hope this answers questions but also provokes you to ask more.”
He added: “To my brothers and sisters who were there I made this for you and your family. When you have the lack of ability to explain all that happened in those two weeks, show them this. Stand tall and wear the last two weeks on your chest.”
You can watch the full, eight-minute video below. As a warning, some footage in the video may be disturbing for some viewers.
The real story
Markland’s fascinating video, which was taken from clips shot from his body-mounted GoPro camera, show scenes from when he flew into Afghanistan until the days when masses of evacuees were flooding the airport gates hoping to catch a ride out of the country.
“Circumstances undeniably out of our control, but we never let it deter our tenacious approach towards our mission at hand. Adversity and challenges happened 24/7,” Markland wrote, trying his best to describe the sheer chaos inside and around the airport in Kabul that wasn’t truly conveyed in media footage.
The video also highlighted the less-chaotic moments, which showed overly-stressed and unimaginably worn-out troops sharing a laugh or a smoke — anything to keep them sane during what very much looked to be a series of insane events.
“I haven’t found a way to explain it with any words I know,” Markland wrote.
It’s difficult to fathom what these brave and heroic troops experienced in such a short amount of time on the ground in Kabul, but thankfully we now have an inside look, which we likely never would have experienced through the lens of the mainstream media.