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Airdrie soldier describes chaotic scenes as thousands try to flee Afghanistan

An Airdrie soldier has highlighted the chaotic scenes in Kabul as thousands desperately try to flee the country in the blistering Afghanistan heat.

Sergeant Major Gaz McMahon, 39, has served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan where, during his second tour in 2008, he walked away uninjured from an IED explosion under his vehicle.

The paratrooper is now deployed at an evacuation compound in Kabul, where he and his comrades are working with US troops to try to differentiate which countries the arriving evacuees should be going to.

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Sgt Maj McMahon, who previously scaled Mount Everest to raise awareness for charity Combat Stress, admitted it is an almost impossible task and the whole experience has been tough on his men.

He told Lanarkshire Live : “Sometimes we can manage to calm the crowd down using a local nationalist and when they see the
process is working they are calm but, when they start getting a bit hot and dehydrated, people start getting annoyed.

“You tend to find the people causing the disturbances haven’t got correct documentation so they sort of know they’re chancing their arm.”

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