Kabul, Afghanistan – A U.S. lawmaker stated on Sunday that at least four chartered aircrafts could not leave the planes that evacuated hundreds fleeing the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
Afghan officials gave conflicting explanations for why the flight couldn’t take off.
A Mazar-e-Sharif Airport official in Afghanistan’s northern city said these potential passengers were Afghans. Many of them do not have visas or passports so they cannot leave the country. After the situation was resolved, he said that they had left the airport.
Rep. Michael McCall is the top Republican in the Foreign Affairs Committee of US House of Representatives. He stated that while the group includes Americans sitting on planes, the Taliban won’t allow them to take off.
McCall stated that “This really…has become a hostage situation” and threatened to stop American citizens from leaving until the United States is fully recognized. .
He said that the Taliban would not allow them to leave the airport. He also stated that he was worried that they would demand more money or legitimacy for the Afghan government. McCall didn’t provide any further details or explain the source of this information.
The last few days of the 20-year war in Afghanistan was marked by a tragic airlift from Kabul Airport to evacuate thousands of people — Americans and their allies — who worried about what would happen in the future because The history of repression of the Taliban, especially the history of repression of the Taliban. Female. Many people were left behind after the withdrawal of the last troops on August 30.
The United States pledged to work with the Taliban rulers in order to allow those who wish to leave. In return, the militants agreed to let anyone with legal documentation leave.
Afghan officials declined to identify themselves due to the sensitive topic. They stated that the four planes were carrying passengers and were being checked by authorities to see if they were allowed to leave. He stated that many people lack the right travel documents.
Mazar-i-Sharif residents claimed that the passengers weren’t there anymore. They claimed that at most 10 families were waiting at the local hotel.
A U.S. official stated that the State Department does not have any reliable information to confirm chartered flights. This includes whether American citizens are flying. The department will insist that the Taliban fulfill its promise to allow free travel. According to the official, since they are not allowed to discuss the matter publicly, they do not wish to be identified.
Mazar-e Shariff’s tiny airport is only now able to handle international flights. It currently only flies to Turkey. Afghan officials claim that the problem plane flew from Afghanistan to Doha, Qatar.
It is unclear who chartered them and why they waited in the northern city. Kabul International Airport hosted the massive airlift. Although initially closed due to U.S. withdrawals, domestic flights have been resumed.