The Taliban are making rapid progress in Afghanistan and have laid siege to the capital, Kabul.
The evacuation of staff and civilians from the US embassy also accelerated after the Taliban laid siege to Kabul.
In such a situation, the pictures of the Chinook helicopter taking its crew and citizens to Kabul airport from the top of the US embassy went viral on social media.
Along with these pictures, the pictures of evacuating their citizens by helicopter during the US withdrawal from Vietnam in 1975 are also going viral.
Two iconic images clicked 45 years apart. The US Embassy staff fleeing from Saigon (top) and Kabul (bottom).
Never trust a friend who leaves you saying he’ll be back – Old Vietnamese saying. pic.twitter.com/AIItm8aReA
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) August 15, 2021
Renowned village journalists and social media users have also reacted to the viral images and made various comments.
PHOTO 2: US diplomat evacuate US from embassy via helicopter as the PAVN & Viet Cong capture of Saigon, Vietnam (1975) pic.twitter.com/YamWmzjOay
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) August 15, 2021
Social media users have likened the images of US citizens being taken to the airport from the embassy in Kabul to the US retreat in Vietnam, as well as the withdrawal from Vietnam.
Saigon, Vietnam and Kabul, Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/gIfqDSL1ve
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 15, 2021
Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shirin Mazari has also posted both pictures.