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Volunteers with the civilian rescue group Project Dynamo flew into Kabul, Afghanistan in mid-December to rescue about 50 American citizens and permanent U.S. residents who have been stranded in that country since August. (Project Dynamo)

In mid December, Bryan Stern and two of his colleagues did something few Americans have done since late summer – they flew into Afghanistan. Their goal was to rescue 47 American citizens and permanent residents stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.

Once on the ground in Kabul, Stern and his colleagues with the civilian rescue organization Project Dynamo gathered with their evacuees in safehouses, making sure everyone had a negative Covid test, and had all their vaccinations and travel documents. The next day, the group traveled to the airport, boarded three commercial planes and flew to New York, via Dubai.

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