Americans stranded in Afghanistan are facing limited options for getting out of the country.
And it’s getting more dangerous by the second.
Trapped Americans got a piece of bad news from Biden that will break your heart.
The American government still doesn’t know how many Americans are left in Afghanistan.
Last week, John Kirby, the press secretary for the Defense Department, estimated that between 5,000 and 10,000 Americans were left in Kabul. The White House estimated that 11,000 Americans remained in the country.
There are also 50,000 to 65,000 Afghan allies and family members of those Afghans that the Biden administration placed a higher priority on evacuating than American citizens.
Since August 14, approximately 82,300 people evacuated on U.S. government flights, but it is unclear how many of the evacuees are American citizens.
President Joe Biden is giving in to the Taliban’s demands and will withdraw American troops on August 31.
The math is clear.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that it’s “very unlikely” that the United States was going to have all Americans evacuated from Afghanistan by August 31.
“I think it’s very unlikely given the number of Americans who still need to be evacuated, the number of SIVs, the number of others who are members of the Afghan press, civil society leaders, women leaders, it’s hard for me to imagine all of that can be accomplished between now and the end of the month,” Schiff told reporters after meeting with intelligence officials.
“I am encouraged to see the numbers of people evacuated, increasing readily to the point where we evacuated 11,000 people in a single day. Nonetheless, given the logistical difficulties of moving people to the airport, and the limited number of work arounds, it’s hard for me to see that being fully complete by the end of the month. And I’m certainly of the view that we maintain a military presence as long as it’s necessary to get all U.S. persons out, and to meet our moral and ethical obligation to our Afghan partners.”
Another threat is that ISIS or Al-Qaeda will target the airport.
Schiff said that “I think the threat to the airport is very real and very substantial.”
Kabul Airport has just one runway and a single attack could make it inoperable.
This was poor planning on the part of the Biden Administration who abandoned Bagram Airfield, located about 30 miles north of Kabul, before evacuating our people.
“No one in their right mind would have closed Bagram Air Base while leaving behind thousands of civilians,” Arkansas GOP Senator and Afghanistan war veteran Tom Cotton wrote on Twitter.
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