“After succeeding with helping dozens of Afghan commandos and interpreters get into the protective ring of the airport created by the 6,000 American troops President Joe Biden dispatched to the airfield after Kabul fell to the Taliban, the group initiated an ambitious ground operation this week aided by U.S. troops inside. The objective was to move individuals and families through the cover of darkness on the “Pineapple Express.” The week-long effort and Wednesday’s operation were observed by ABC News under the agreement of secrecy while the heart-pounding movements unfolded.” US special operations vets carry out daring mission to save Afghan allies.

+ Of course, the refugees who have gotten out face long and painful transitions, but it’s nice to know some folks are welcoming them. WaPo (gift article for ND readers): Teddy bears, clothes and messages of love: Afghan refugees receive warm welcome in some countries.

+ Here’s a weird twist from WaPo (gift article): Lawyer for Afghan girls’ robotics team tells Oklahoma woman to stop taking credit for rescue.