Cowboy's daughter wrote:But then here is another video showing security
So, maybe there was no security, and now there is?? or vice versa?? Or maybe one photo is the civilian airport, and the other is the military?
That is correct, there is an civilian part, and an millitary part.
The civilian part has no control, its where most of the footage of afghans climbing civilian aircraft comes from. All the people storming the runway came from this area.
supposedly in the last few hours Taliban controls it. But i have not seen any footage to confirm that.
The forces present there try to maintain control over the millitary part of the airfield. but its an big piece of real-estate to secure.
There is an "base" part they are securing as well.
And they have no crowd-control gear, all they carry is live-munitions. So they can either shoot in the air, or shoot directly.
Its difficult, as you dont fire on crowds of people.
On the other hand, if you do not maintain basic control.
you as a soldier will not make it out alive either as your life depends on aircraft being able to take off and land.
The C-17's realise this as well.
They will take off, no matter who is in their path.
This is way beyond any airforce regulations. These things are only done because it has to be done.
You see in certain vids huge dustclouds from C-17's on the start of the runway and its standing still.
They push on the brakes, rev the engines up to maximum power and let go.
It shortens their needed runway to take-off. Instead of the normal rolling take off.
They are STOL aircraft after all.
Its the C-17's advantage its engines are high above the ground, it was designed for not sucking in debri's.
In this case....not sucking in random afghans on your runway.
I imagine the crews and ground troops there need some bottles of hard liquor after this shit is done.