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The Story Behind Viral Photo of Marine Lifting Afghan Baby Over Razor Wire

The image of a crying baby being lifted over a razor wire fence by a marine symbolized the desperation of the Afghan people.

In the viral photo, a marine is seen lifting a baby girl over the razor wire fence after her parents begged the marines for medical help.

The baby was suffering from the effects of tear gas fired by soldiers to disperse the crowd.

The baby was later reunited with her father.

Afghans were photographed handing their children to American and British soldiers as thousands of people stampeded outside the Kabul airport on Friday (see video below).

The tragedy unfolded last week when U.S. Pres. Joe Biden made the decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan after 20 years occupying the region.

Ex-British prime minister Tony Blair called Biden an “imbecile” over his decision to order the troops out of Afghanistan. Blair urged Biden to extend the deadline for withdrawal.

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A photographer captured the moment when another baby was reunited with her parents who had earlier handed her to soldiers in desperation. The family later boarded an evacuation aircraft out of Kabul.

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Turkish soldiers cared for the children at a clinic inside the airport before reuniting them with their anxious parents.

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A Turkish soldier is pictured kissing a baby refugee before reuniting her with her parents. All of the children were reunited with their parents.

Dozens of people were shot by the Taliban or crushed in the stampede outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Saturday.

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The desperation intensified Saturday as word spread that mercy flights out of Kabul will end in a few days.

Thousands of Afghan people have descended on the Kabul airport over the past week desperately hoping to flee Taliban-controlled Kabul.

The U.S. Embassy warned Americans not to go to the Kabul airport due to security threats. The U.S. Embassy said they can’t guarantee their safety.

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