An American citizen stranded in Kabul is pleading with President Biden to avoid wasting the hundreds of determined Afghans who helped the US throughout the decades-long battle as a result of they now danger being killed by the Taliban.
Haroon, who didn’t give his final identify, informed Fox Information’ Fox & Associates on Wednesday morning he has repeatedly gone to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport the place 4,500 US troops are serving to Individuals evacuate however has been unable to get by means of the crowds of individuals.
He mentioned 80 % of the individuals gathered on the airport have paperwork that proves they helped the US throughout the battle — and he’s begging Biden to step in and assist them.
Haroon mentioned the Taliban is shut by and is watching the individuals frantically waving their papers at US troops.
He hasn’t but proven anybody his US passport on the airport for worry of the repercussions.
“The Taliban are proper there seeing them day by day with their paperwork. When (the US) go away, they’ll one after the other get them out of their dwelling and kill them,” Haroon mentioned.
“Everyone knows what’s going to occur… when America leaves Afghanistan.”
In a direct attraction to the US president, Haroon mentioned: “My message to Biden: Assist them.”
“Please, take all of them out. Don’t go away them,” he added.
“They helped you, they helped America. That is what my household did…. Mr Biden, please assist all these Afghans who supported you, who helped you.”
Haroon mentioned he solely went to Afghanistan in June to assist take care of his sick father, who has spent 9 years working with the US within the safety sector.
After the Taliban overran Kabul on Sunday evening, Haroon mentioned he went to the US embassy for assist nevertheless it had already been shut down.
Haroon mentioned he’s desperately making an attempt to get his household out and acknowledged that he was placing his life in danger by talking out.
“I would like the world to listen to my voice. We want fast assist.”
His plight is much like that of New York resident Faziya Nematy, who traveled to Kabul final month along with her mother and baby to go to her brother.
“I, myself, am caught right here. I’m a US citizen, can’t even get out, have my children right here,” Nematy informed WRBG.
“As I’m speaking to you, my physique is simply shivering and it’s like I’m in a panic.”
She, too, has been going forwards and backwards to the airport in a bid to attempt to get out.
A Colorado father, who didn’t need to be recognized, informed Fox31 his spouse and youngsters have been at the moment trapped in Kabul after their flight on Sunday was canceled.
“My spouse and my daughters for now are hiding in a home in Kabul,” he mentioned. “I feel it’s chaos. There are a number of lives in peril.”
Solely 2,000 individuals — together with 325 Americans — have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 18 flights over the previous 24 hours, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned Wednesday.
It’s considerably lower than the 5,000 to 9,000 individuals the US are aiming to get out per day with estimates of Individuals and allies on the bottom starting from 10,000 to 60,000 or extra.
Kirby admitted he didn’t know what number of Individuals have been stranded there.
He added that US troops have been pressured to fireside warning photographs on Wednesday in a bid to regulate the crowds gathering on the airport.
It comes as movies circulating on social media have captured the chaotic scenes on the airport as US troops proceed to evacuate.
In a single video, a younger girl cried as she reached by means of a fence coated in razor wire towards US troops on the opposite aspect. One other reveals lots of of individuals holding up papers as they pushed towards troops.
Further US troops have been flown in on Monday to assist safe the realm and shield Individuals nonetheless making an attempt to evacuate after hundreds of Afghans stormed onto the tarmac and tried to climb onboard US navy planes.
The airport is the final place in Afghanistan being guarded by the US navy.