Last week, Rep. Mark Wayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Special Forces took a plane and circled the U.S.-controlled Kabul Airport on a mission to rescue Americans stranded in Afghanistan.
Mullin learned that American citizens were trapped in a country controlled by the Taliban and hoped to help them leave before the U.S. military withdrew before President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline.
But the attempt failed, the congressman said on Friday.
“They will never let us into Afghanistan,” he said on Fox News, accusing Biden government officials.
Mullin said that since then, the 20 Americans that the flight was designed to rescue have not been contacted.
This secret trip led to reports that Mullin’s whereabouts were unknown and that he threatened the staff of the US Embassy in Tajikistan while attempting to enter Afghanistan for rescue missions.
Mullin and a spokesperson issued a brief statement earlier this week that he was safe, but his appearance on television was the first time that the first representative had a detailed understanding of what happened.
The chaos in Kabul, 17 days after the Taliban attacked the U.S.-backed Afghan army and terrorist organization, tens of thousands of Afghans and thousands of Americans tried to bravely pass the Taliban inspection before persuading the U.S. military and others to let them into the airport. stand. Took over the country.
Some Americans reported that they could not reach the airport, and the Pentagon confirmed reports of sporadic beatings. This led to appeals to external parties, including Mullin, for rescue.
Mullin said that people began to call him, asking for help to evacuate Americans and Afghans. A call involves 20 American citizens who need the State Department or other government entities (such as members of Congress) to sponsor flights. In this way, he boarded a plane that was about to land in Kabul, and then took off with more passengers.
Mullin and the people around him were aware of the danger. “We think we might have a 50-50 chance to come back,” he said.
But he did not regret this attempt, and this attempt did not end in rescue.
“How do you refuse when you can choose to do something?” He wanted to know. “I will do it again tomorrow.”
Mullin told Biden and other senior officials that they lied when they said that all Americans who wanted to leave would withdraw before the US military left.
According to government officials, the withdrawal ended on August 30, leaving between 100 and 200 Americans. A large part of them are schoolchildren from California.
Mullin said that his flight received a humanitarian plan from the FAA, and he accused the State Department of interfering in the mission.
Authorities told The Epoch Times via email that any operators flying to the airport were told on August 18 that they must obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Department of Defense and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment.
The congressman also denied an anonymous source report, which claimed he had threatened American staff in Tajikistan. He said he did have a large amount of cash because he predicted that it might be necessary to pass the Taliban checkpoint. He said that the US ambassador to Tajikistan refused to help.
The other two members of Congress did enter Afghanistan, but they were to supervise the evacuation, not to perform rescue missions.
Pentagon officials confirmed that Rep. Seth Morton (D-Mass.) and Peter Major (R-Mich.) arrived in Kabul on August 24 and spent several hours at the airport before leaving.
House leaders from both parties said the trip shouldn’t happen, although House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Republican, California) said he understood why this happened.
“They are all veterans, they are very frustrated, their government will not tell them the answer to how many Americans are left,” he told reporters in Washington.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times