A Colorado family that was left stranded in Afghanistan after their flight home was canceled has safely made it out of the war-torn country that has been taken over by the Taliban, Fox News can report.
A woman and her two daughters, who were visiting relatives in Afghanistan when Taliban-led chaos struck, were able to escape with the help of retired Special Forces Col. Patrick Allen, he confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday. The trio, all of whom are U.S. citizens, made it on to a flight to Qatar and are expected to return to the United States in the coming hours or days.
“He’s kind of rattled,” Allen said of the woman’s husband. “He’s doing okay, he’s not as worried about his wife and kids as he was a day or so ago.”
Allen, also a Colorado native, was enlisted for help by the woman’s husband and the children’s father, whom he met during his time with the U.S. Army Special Forces.
The woman and the two daughters were supposed to return on Aug. 5 but were delayed when one of the girls came down with appendicitis and was hospitalized. The daughters are ages 2 and 6.
As the Taliban moved in on Afghanistan, his family had bought plane tickets home through Turkish Airlines for Sunday, but the flight was canceled.
“My wife and my daughters for now are hiding in a house in Kabul,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous, previously told FOX 31. “I think it’s chaos. There are a lot of lives in danger.”
Fox News’ Michael Hollan contributed to this report.
Colorado family trapped in Afghanistan safely escapes country