The dire situation in Afghanistan is going from bad to worse. Joe Biden and his crack team of defense experts will have hell to pay after Americans are finally rescued from the war torn country. As it stands, hundreds – probably thousands – remain stranded without assistance from the Biden military.
Now Republicans are speaking out and taking a stand.
Congressman Michael McCaul , the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed that the Taliban are not allowing planes carrying Americans to leave Afghanistan .
The congressman said “zero” Americans have been able to leave the country since the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan less than a week ago because the Taliban are holding them “hostage.“
Michael McCaul: Americans and Afghan interpreters held hostage by the Taliban *for days* at the Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile the media spreads fake news about ivermectin overdoses while Joe Biden vacations in Delaware.
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McCaul added that the Taliban “are not clearing the airplanes to depart” and that the people trying to flee have “sat at the airport for the last couple of days,” in part because “the Taliban want something in exchange.”
CBS reporter Eena Ruffini also reported that “multiple flights are being held on the ground” at the airport, adding that the State Department told members of Congress via email that charter flights are still grounded and will have permission to land in Qatar or Doha “if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff.”
President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain , said Sunday that there are “around a hundred ” Americans left in Afghanistan, though McCaul claimed the number is “in the hundreds.” Other private evacuation groups claim to have a list of 4,500 American citizens waiting for evacuation.
Biden administration officials have repeatedly said that the mission in Afghanistan has transitioned from a militaristic one to a diplomatic one, placing the burden on the State Department to negotiate how and when Americans can leave Afghanistan following the military’s departure.
Ascend , a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Afghan teens and young women through mountaineering, said it has people on planes forbidden to take off.
Marina LeGree, the founder and executive director of the program, told reporters:
“We’ve been stuck for 6 days. First our own State Dept caused a delay and now it’s the Taliban and Kam Air in endless negotiations about price (or so we’re told).”
The group is waiting to evacuate between 600 and 1,200 people, including 19 American citizens.
Author: Asa McCue