The U.S. has evacuated more Americans from Afghanistan. On Saturday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said a Qatar Airways charter flight departed from Kabul on Friday carrying 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents.
Private organizations are not giving up on Americans and Afghan allies who are still in Afghanistan. One America’s Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion has more from Washington.
Retired Marine Colonel and author of “American to the Corps” Jonathan Myers tells One America News the State Department has been the single biggest obstacle to his efforts to rescue Americans from Afghanistan. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was reportedly set to introduce legislation aimed at cutting off support for the Taliban. According to Wednesday reports, the bill would prohibit federal departments from taking action on recognizing the Taliban’s claim to be the rightful government of Afghanistan.
A Democrat congressman called out Joe Biden’s State Department while stating they have not given him an answer on how many Americans are still in Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his first of two scheduled appearances before Congress this week over the Afghan withdrawal. Blinken was grilled on Monday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee over the policy and Intelligence failures leading to the deadly pullout from Afghanistan last month.
According to officials, roughly 10,000 Afghan evacuees are being housed at Texas military base Fort Bliss. In just 15 days the base was transformed into a temporary refugee village providing services like medical care, catering and transportation.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken marked 20 years since September 11. During a commemoration speech on Friday, Blinken honored all Americans who died that day as well as the U.S. troops who paid the ultimate price during the war in Afghanistan.
Congressman Darrell Issa says the number of Americans left in Afghanistan may be closer to 2,000, far exceeding the State Department and White House claims of just a few hundred.