Seven US civilians carrying firearms on a private plane were arrested in Dubai last week after trying to enter Afghanistan during the US evacuation, a report said.
The would-be vigilantes wanted to assist the deadly military-led evacuation efforts from Kabul’s airport, before they were caught with firearms by United Arab Emirates officials on August 31, the last day of the pullout, according to Newsweek.
“The passengers reportedly planned to assist Afghanistan evacuation efforts but had no approved onward travels plans,” a State Department cable obtained by the magazine reportedly read. The US Consulate General in Dubai was reportedly “engaging with authorities on the issue.”
The arrests came on the same day the military left Afghanistan after evacuating tens of thousands of Americans and Afghan associates from the nation following the allied government’s shocking and rapid fall to the Taliban.
“We are aware of reports of U.S. citizens detained and then released in Dubai,” the State Department reportedly