THIS is the heartbreaking moment a crying baby was handed to US soldiers at Kabul Aiport in the hope of getting them out of the war-torn country.
The baby was held up from a crowd of terrified Afghani’s desperate to get their children to safety and away from the Taliban.
The child, reported to be a girl, was picked up by a US soldier who lifted them to safety over the razor-wired security wall at Hamid Kaszai International Airport in Kabul yesterday.
Families fought their way through a mass of people to reach the perimeter of Kabul airport.
They braved brutal Taliban beatings to get within distance of soldiers tasked with guarding the airfield.
And in heart-wrenching scenes that echoed Saigon in Vietnam half a century ago, mums held up their babies so they could be taken.
The drama saw both British and American military personnel assisting the children in the heroic attempts to put them on flights.
One Para officer told The Independent: “The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban.
“They shouted, ‘Save my baby’ and threw the children at us. Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. It was awful what happened.
“By the end of the night, there was not one man among us who was not crying.”
Similar displays were played out at another part of the airport where US troops were on duty.
Phone footage showed one Afghan woman holding up her toddler daughter as two US sentries looked down.
One of them had no choice but to put down his M16 rifle and take the girl’s arm to lift her over the wall as a crowd beneath moved forward.
And one Afghan child able to make it aboard was pictured sleeping on the cargo floor of an evacuation plane, kept warm by a soldier’s tunic.
Around 800 Brits and 5,000 Americans are guarding Kabul airport as part of a last-ditch airlift attempt to evacuate thousands of foreign nationals and Afghans who had worked for the Nato-led mission.
When Saigon fell to the Viet Cong in 1975, mums thrust their infants on helicopters leaving the US embassy.
Some had notes pinned to them with messages such as “likes sport”. Most never saw their parents again.