Armed American citizens arrested in Dubai while trying to take private jet to Afghanistan

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- AUGUST 25, 2021: Women and children are made to crouch and wait outside the Taliban controlled check point near the Abbey Gate, before making their way towards the British military controlled entrance of the airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021. (MARCUS YAM / LOS ANGELES TIMES)

No good deed goes unpunished, as “rogue civilian” operators helping get individuals out of Afghanistan via private plane were arrested in Dubai.

Seven armed Americans heading into Dubai from the effectively abandoned nation of Afghanistan were arrested upon landing in Dubai, largely in part because they were still armed upon touching down.

While the volunteers would surely have been foolhardy to abandon their weapons prior to leaving enemy-controlled airspace, the violation of the UAE’s weapons laws was no laughing matter.

“The passengers reportedly planned to assist Afghanistan evacuation efforts but had no approved onward travels plans,” a news report provided to Newsweek read, noting that the US Consulate General in Dubai was “engaging with authorities on the issue.”

The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday, adding to the number of questions towards the US State Department and FBI- concerning the cases of private volunteers taking matters into the own hands as the US government continues to falter with evacuating Americans and their allies.

“We are aware of reports of US citizens detained and then released in Dubai,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Whenever a US citizen is detained overseas, we stand ready to provide all appropriate consular services. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment at this time.”

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