Rep. McCaul: American Citizens, Afghan Allies Being Held “Hostage” By Taliban

Rep. McCaul: American Citizens, Afghan Allies Being Held “Hostage” By Taliban
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Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, told Chris Wallace that there are hundreds of Americans still stranded in Afghanistan, and that not a single one had been evacuated since we pulled out last Monday.

“Since we pulled out, how many Afghan allies have gotten out since the Taliban was in complete control of the country?” Wallace asked. “Zero. And, in fact, we have six airplanes at Mazar Sharif Airport, six airplanes with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now. They — we — the state has cleared these flights and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport. So, I’m sorry, the answer to your question is zero. And that’s my concern is they’re going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan” McCaul replied.

He further elaborated “They’ve sat at the airport for the last couple of days, these planes, and they’re not allowed to leave. We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange. 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.”

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