The Pentagon is admitting that since President Biden withdrew all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, a number of dozen fast relations of U.S. service members are nonetheless trapped there.
A memo issued by Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl asks U.S. army personnel and DoD civilians who’ve fast relations requiring assist to go away Afghanistan to contact his workplace, NBC News reviews. The memo “instructs service members and Defense Department civilians to email a specific address with the subject ‘immediate family member,’” the community reviews.
According to protection officers, a number of dozen fast relations of U.S. service members are nonetheless in Afghanistan. “There are well over 100 extended family members still in Afghanistan, but it’s not clear how many of them want to leave the country,” NBC News states, citing the officers.
In late September, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) despatched a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken by which he acknowledged, “If we abandon the family members of our service men and women in Afghanistan, they will certainly be slaughtered by the Taliban.” He wrote:
The United States’ lethal and chaotic exit from Afghanistan has left a stain on our nation for generations. Many Americans have been left behind by the Biden Administration and 1000’s, if not tens of 1000’s of our Afghan companions and their households had been additionally deserted.
Over the final month, I’ve been contacted by tons of of Texans who’re desperately making an attempt to get family and friends members safely in a foreign country. While we’ve got been in a position to assist some, many are trapped. There are reviews of a number of hundred of individuals, together with American residents, who’ve been ready over per week for charted flights to take off from Mazar-i-Sharif airport.
That contains the relations of a number of Texans who presently serve within the army. They have been working evening and day to soundly evacuate their relations. But their efforts up to now haven’t been profitable. These courageous women and men have volunteered to threat their lives to guard our nation. Yet, now, after they want us essentially the most, the federal authorities has turned our backs on them. If we abandon the relations of our service women and men in Afghanistan, they’ll actually be slaughtered by the Taliban.
I’m asking so that you can present me with particulars of what number of U.S. servicemembers have household presently trapped in Afghanistan and your companies are doing to safe their evacuation.
The Daily Wire reported on October 22:
The State Department reportedly admitted to congressional employees Friday that there are 363 Americans nonetheless left in Afghanistan and 176 who’re actively speaking with the Biden administration and wish to be rescued — tons of extra Americans the State Department beforehand stated remained on the bottom behind enemy traces. CNN’s Phil Mattingly tweeted Friday that the “State Dept. knowledgeable congressional employees Thursday that it’s in contact with 363 American residents in Afghanistan, 176 of whom wish to go away.
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