Day after day the news coming out of Kabul is harrowing, devastating, and heartbreaking. Biden has essentially ordered the U.S. military to abandon their mission to rescue American citizens, heeding the Taliban’s demands to evacuate all troops by Aug. 31.
Meanwhile, Biden has ordered his intelligence officials to take high-level meetings with Taliban leaders in Kabul.
The Taliban are now preventing Westerners from getting to Kabul airport, according to reports Wednesday morning, expanding their airport blockade, despite assuring coalition forces that foreigners would be allowed access to evacuation flights.
Private flights, being organized to bypass the Biden administration’s pullout, are also facing growing obstacles, according and chartered planes, designed to rescue Americans and their allies trapped in Kabul are “flying out of Kabul with hundreds of empty seats.”
On Tuesday, the Taliban issued an edict saying only foreigners will be able to access the airport for evacuation. A spokesperson for the group ordered locals to return home. Roads in the city have been blocked in a bid to stop Afghans from leaving.
Those blockades, based on recent reports, are catching not just Afghans “but American citizens,” and halting evacuation efforts. Groups coordinating evacuations have found themselves needing to redirect people “on the fly.”
Reports noted Wednesday that “there may be only three or four days left for the gigantic airlift currently underway, because time must be left to fly out U.S. and other troops securing the airport themselves. Indeed, some troops have started leaving already.”
“Mr. Biden, in short, has accepted a series of conditions that seems to make it much more difficult to keep the promises of evacuation he has made or strongly implied.”
Private charities and groups like the Nazarene Fund have tried to step in to assist those in need of swift evacuation, but those efforts are proving more difficult as the deadline for withdrawal nears.
It’s inspiring, but on the other hand, it is a damning reflection on the failure of the U.S. that private citizens are having to step in to do what the government with all its billions and trillions has failed to do.
The blockade has complicated an already dangerous mission: getting remaining Americans out of Kabul. Although the administration has rescued an estimated 4,400 U.S. passport holders and their families,
Author: Sebastian Hayworth