Republican congressmen disputed the number of Americans remaining in Afghanistan quoted by the Biden administration after the last batch of U.S. troops left Afghanistan on Monday, on the grounds that their offices received calls from citizens stranded in countries under Taliban rule.
President Joe Biden In his speech on Tuesday: “Now we believe that about 100 to 200 Americans are staying in Afghanistan with intentions to leave. Most of the people who remain are dual citizens, long-term residents, because their family roots are in Afghanistan, and they decided to stay earlier. ,” added, “the bottom line: [Ninety-eight] % Of Afghan Americans who wanted to leave were able to leave. “
Green Beret Rep. Michael Waltz (Florida Republican) told Fox News on Tuesday: “I think we are between anger and sadness at any given moment, but just this morning, it was actually just a few A few hours ago, we contacted American citizens and their children who were denied entry to Kabul International.”
Republicans have been urging the Biden administration to continue its rescue work in Afghanistan because their offices have received calls from people still stranded in Afghanistan.
Officials said this week that at least 24 students from Southern California were trapped in Afghanistan. A spokesperson for the Cajon Valley Unified School District confirmed to The Epoch Times via email that these students and some parents were trapped in Central Asian countries after going there for a summer trip.
After the Taliban took over the country in mid-August, they found themselves trapped in Afghanistan to visit relatives.
Representative Darrell Issa (Republican Party of California) Said Wednesday His office is helping people leave Afghanistan. “Nasria is a pregnant American citizen. She braved the Taliban’s beatings and harassment and tried to return to the United States through the checkpoint. This is one of the people we continue to help. Everyone should know that President Biden is an American in Afghanistan. .”
Toria Newland, Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Told reporters on September 1st The press conference stated that the United States is committed to allowing Americans to evacuate by air and land.
“As I said, we are working hard to achieve this goal-to support those ground partners who are trying to open the airport. We are also studying land routes. I think I don’t want to be more specific on land routes, because like you As you know, this is a long journey, full of dangers, and we don’t want to further jeopardize the safety of people who may be involved in it,” Newland.
Since the U.S. military completely withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31, private groups and former military personnel have stepped up to raise funds to evacuate citizens and allies. They estimate that there are still thousands of American citizens, not hundreds.
Glenn Baker, one of the founders of The Blaze News Network and the Nazareth Fund, told Dave Rubin in the Rubin report on Friday that, given the original figures cited by Biden, he believes that the number of American citizens still in Afghanistan is in the thousands. people. 16,000 American citizens are in Afghanistan. Baker has been leading the Nazareth Foundation chartered flights to take citizens and allies out of Afghanistan.
Since mid-August, Baker has been in the Middle East through the Nazareth Foundation to help coordinate the evacuation of American citizens and allies. “Let’s put it this way. I don’t think anyone knows the U.S. number, but it’s not 300 or 200. It’s a far cry from that number,” Baker said.
Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said his office has also received calls from American citizens who are still in Afghanistan. “@SecBlinken and @StateDeptSpox: I am now in contact with Afghan American citizens who tried to leave but were unable to leave. Now they have what they need to leave, except for the country’s permission. Please DM me,” Crenshaw wrote on Twitter The day the US military left Afghanistan.
The State Department also stated that they can only estimate the number of citizens, claiming that out of about 200 people, some do not want to leave.
“We are trying to determine how many there are. We are looking at the list, calling and texting through our list, and we will share more details as soon as possible. Part of the challenge in determining precise numbers is that there are long-term residents of Afghanistan who hold U.S. passports. They are trying to determine if they want to leave. Many are dual-citizen Americans with deep roots and extended families in Afghanistan, and they have lived there for many years. For many, this is a painful choice,” Secretary of State Anthony A. Brinken said on Monday.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told MSNBC on August 31 that the Biden administration had to withdraw its troops because of the terrorist threat.
“I mean, ISIS has a very credible, very specific, and increasing threat stream, which makes the whole operation even more dangerous. We have had to make some decisions in the past few days to ensure that we can make everyone Leave safely as far as possible without endangering civilians.”
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.
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