British special forces had not only to try on the burqa, but also to be in an unusual attire for quite a long time. They put it on to get to Kabul, deceiving the Taliban.
British soldiers from the SAS (Special Air Service) special unit, carrying out a mission in southern Afghanistan, put on a burqa to deceive the Taliban and get to Kabul airport, writes The Sunday Express. At the same time, 20 fighters overcame several hundred kilometers, taking with them only their personal weapons. A source at the UK Department of Defense says:
“The servicemen left most of their equipment, except for weapons and ammunition, and covered themselves with a burqa.”
The same source said that SAS fighters had been carrying out a secret reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan for several months. Due to the lack of an opportunity to pick up the group by helicopters, they were ordered to get out on their own:
“They bought five taxi cars. At the checkpoints, they said they wanted to greet the Taliban who had regained power in the country. It worked. There were some risky moments, but the Taliban did not demand to take off the veil.”
The source noted that a group of commandos safely reached the Kabul airport and evacuated.