Congressman: Taliban holding Americans ‘hostage’ by preventing flight departures

Some of the worst predictions made in the midst of the Biden administration’s hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan appear to be coming true, as Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) now says that the Taliban are preventing aircraft carrying Americans from departing the country, in effect creating a hostage-like situation, as the Washington Examiner notes.

According to McCaul, there have been no Americans able to make their way out of Afghanistan since that last of the U.S. troops left on Aug. 31, and the reason for that is the Taliban’s simple refusal to allow their flights to depart.

The congressman described the situation in detail during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, saying that “We have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now.”

Program host Chris Wallace pressed the lawmaker for additional information on what the Taliban might be demanding in exchange for the planes’ release, and McCaul replied, “Well, they are not clearing airplanes to depart. They’ve sat at the airport for the last couple days, these planes, and they’re not allowed to leave.”

McCaul continued, “We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange. This is really, Chris, turning into a hostage situation where they’re not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America.”

According to the New York Post, the State Department has updated members of Congress on the situation, telling them that charter planes set to bring American citizens and other approved individuals to Qatar are being halted on the ground at the aforementioned airport by Taliban forces.

One congressional source provided information to Ascend, a non-governmental organization involved with providing leadership education to women that has affiliated individuals still on the ground in Afghanistan, saying that “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans.

While White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain has asserted that the number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan is roughly 100, McCaul says that the number totals several hundred individuals, with none able to leave since the last of the U.S. troops departed for good.

“I’ve been given the answer in the classified space but it’s in the hundreds. We have hundreds of American citizens left behind enemy lines in Afghanistan as I speak. And also, very sadly, the interpreters who worked with our special forces, almost all of them were left behind and were not let in the gates at the [Hamid Karzai International Airport] to get out,” McCaul said, driving home the true scope of the unfolding tragedy.

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Word on the ground in Kabul is that State Department is the hold up. They have demanded no one assist the lone retired veterans from getting Americans and Afghan interpreters families out of the country. Why? Secy Blinken says “why how are we to know who REALLY is on those 6 planes? They could have included terrorists in disguise, and we haven’t vetted them like we did the others?” Well, Mr. Blinken for some reason you are hiding the fact that the veterans who are getting Americans out secretly and at danger to themselves GAVE THE STATE DEPT every person on the planes’ copy of their passports and SIV Afghan papers. They gave that data to you THREE TIMES. And yet you don’t mention that you ALREADY KNOW the manifest information on these people. Several hundreds are Americans, not just a hundred, and finally the Afghans we promised to save. So WHY, Mr. Blinken? Tell us why. Transparency is required. Is the Taliban demanding money? Do they want you to declare them the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan? You keep saying you are negotiating with them. You should have about 20 U. S. bomber jets land as air power and escort each plane down to the runway and bring these “left behind” folks to America. We KNOW who these people are. It’s not like the simple vetting system you and the military used on all those planes that went before. 100 terrorists have been found in that group. Some of the first groups have a culture difference that will not assimilate in America, like those with children as brides, or those who practice Sharia Law. Mr. Blinken, just get those six planes in the air, and stop using vetting and the passenger data as an excuse when you already have the information!! If on Sept. 11 any of those people are yanked off those planes and executed, blood will be on your hands and that of Biden and his entire administration.

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