Are Americans being held hostage
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday denied claims that the Taliban are holding American citizens hostage in Afghanistan.
There are 600 people being held now at the airport for a week in Afghanistan with atleast 19 American citizens waiting to leave. This was revealed by Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday. This GOP lawmaker on Sunday said six planes with Americans aboard were held "hostage" by the Taliban. "We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange" .
"State (Department) has cleared these flights and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport," he added.
"This is really, Chris, turning into a hostage situation where they're not going to allow American citizens to leave until they get full recognition from the United States of America."
Blinken went on to clarify that the Americans whose flight was being delayed was because others on those planes were lacking proper documentation. Since they were part of a group, the entire group was being held back.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer falsely claimed all Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan have come out, during a segment on News Channel 9 WSYR (Syracuse, New York) on 9/3/2021.
"They’ll be a job for congressional oversight. There always is. But at the moment, actually, I’m still focused on trying to get some of those brave Afghans out. The Americans, all of whom wanted to come out, have come out. Praise God. But there are a lot of Afghans who risked their lives for our soldiers and others. Many got out, some didn’t. And I’m still working on trying to get some of them out."
Later on, a spokesman for the majority leader, said in an email, that Sen. Schumer misspoke.
On Aug. 18, President Joe Biden said if there were U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan on Aug. 31 who wanted to leave, “we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”
George Stephanopoulos: So Americans should understand that troops might have to be there beyond August 31st?
Biden: No. Americans should understand that we’re gonna try to get it done before August 31st.
Stephanopoulos: But if we don’t, the troops will stay–
Biden: If — if we don’t, we’ll determine at the time who’s left.
Biden: And if you’re American force — if there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.
But Biden was not telling the truth then either was he because on August 31 , he said in a speech,
"Now we believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave. Most of those who remain are dual citizens, longtime residents who had earlier decided to stay because of their family roots in Afghanistan.
The bottom line: 90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave."
Now we believe that about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan with some intention to leave.
Was this statement true ?
It was confirmed by Blinken on August 30 in a speech.
“We believe there are still a small number of Americans, under 200 and likely closer to 100, who remain in Afghanistan and want to leave. We’re trying to determine exactly how many,”
Was this statement true ?
State Department spokesman Ned Price confirmed in a Sept. 1 press briefing.
The estimate of 100-200 does not include U.S. lawful permanent residents, or green card holders .
At this time, the State Department was unable to give us a number with an accuracy that they were willing to share.
Blinken went on to give assurances of the Taliban's cooperation and the State Department's efforts by relating how an American family of four have safely left the country via a land route.
A senior State Department official confirmed to ABC News Monday, saying the department helped facilitate their travel. “U.S. has facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens by overland route from Afghanistan. Embassy staff was present upon their arrival.”
Cory Mills and a private team of military veterans and private foundation money worked for weeks on this rescue. The New York Post , September 6 2021 did an amazing story on this heroic rescue.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, who served as former President Donald Trump's White House doctor, accused the State Department of "lying" , saying the agency "didn't do a damn thing for these people for 12 days except almost get them killed repeatedly."
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