According to the U.S. State Department, four Americans escaped Afghanistan by land on Monday. This was because the U.S. evacuation from Kabul had been tilted last week.
Since the end of the airlift, the organization’s flight marks the first time the United States has confirmed that it has facilitated a successful land evacuation from Afghanistan.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement: “When they crossed Afghanistan, they were greeted by the U.S. Embassy staff.” The State Department did not specify which country the group entered.
According to the United States, after its longest war ended, it conducted an unprecedented August airlift which evacuated more people than 120,000 and carried out an unprecedented August evacuation.
But President Biden said last Tuesday that after two weeks of dangerous aircraft withdrawal, 100 to 200 Americans with “intent to leave” remained in the war-torn country now controlled by the Taliban.
Before Monday’s evacuation, there were reports over the weekend that at least four planes were parked on the ground at Mazar-i-Sharif’s northern airport.
Unnamed officials claimed that the potential passengers were Afghans. Many of them did not have visas or passports so they were unable to travel. According to the official, the passengers had already left airport by the time the situation was resolved.
Representative Michael McCall of Texas, who is the top Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Congress, stated that the group includes Americans. Hostage
McCall said to Fox Sunday News, “Fox Sunday News”, that American citizens as well as Afghan interpreters were unable to leave the plane.
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 the information.