Fall of Afghanistan: Inside the extraordinary New Zealand Defence Force evacuation mission to Kabul

A NZ Herald article.

Coded messages, satellite images, desperate hordes, a rising terror threat, and rapidly closing evacuation window. Herald senior journalist Kurt Bayer reveals the extraordinary inner-workings of New Zealand’s mercy mission to Kabul, described as a ‘digital Dunkirk’.

They were in the wrong location.

A photo dropped into the group chat on an encrypted instant messaging service.

It showed a litter-strewn path running alongside a prison-style razor wire fence, where hundreds of Afghans were crammed.

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