As President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan debacle continues to worsen by the hour, there have been a number of small victories thanks to the power of private industry, including an instance this weekend in which several Afghan nationals and journalists were successfully evacuated by a major media outlet.
According to the Washington Examiner, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott issued a company-wide memo in which she announced that Fox News Media was able to help evacuate several former freelance associates and “an Afghan colleague from a regional media company,” to include their families.
“These associates include consultants who served as local producers, translators, drivers and security guards supporting our correspondents throughout Fox’s coverage of the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades,” Scott said in a statement.
The memo specified that the media outlet successfully evacuated a total of 24 people from Kabul.
“We are extremely proud to have assisted in this critical mission bringing them to safety in Doha where the Qataris have been aiding in several evacuations, and are grateful to Fox Corp for all of their assistance,” Scott’s statement concluded.
Other major media outlets, such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal have worked together to get current and former associates and their families out of the Taliban-controlled country.
The news comes as the Biden administration struggles on the evacuation front, namely due to the pending Aug. 31 deadline provided to America by the Taliban to get everyone out.
However, in a scary development on Monday morning, amid signals that the Biden administration might try to extend the deadline, a Taliban spokesperson said Aug. 31 is a “red line” for America to get its people out, according to USA Today.
“So if they extended, that means they are extending occupation,” the Taliban spokesman said. “While there is no need for that, I think it will deteriorate the relation, it will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation, so it will provoke a reaction.”