As many as 500 US residents could also be trapped in Afghanistan, based on a California congressman who’s working to evacuate constituents.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa advised The Related Press he’s attempting to assist an 80-year-old couple — each residents who reside in San Diego county — together with two different households from his district, get out of the war-ravaged nation now beneath Taliban rule.
Issa mentioned he believes the variety of US residents who’re nonetheless in Afghanistan and wish to go away is about 500, properly above the 100-200 the Biden administration says had been left behind.
It’s additionally not clear what number of Americans didn’t register with the US Embassy earlier than it closed, and or had been excluded in earlier counts as a result of they didn’t wish to go away members of the family behind, the AP reported.
Veteran-led rescue teams working to get folks out say figures additionally overlook a whole bunch who’ve inexperienced playing cards granting them everlasting residence within the US.
“The concern is that no one is in search of them,” mentioned Howard Shen, spokesman for the Cajon Valley Union College District within the San Diego space, which is involved with one household of inexperienced card holders who says they can’t get out.
“They’re 1000’s of miles away beneath an oppressive regime and we’re leaving them behind,” he mentioned. “That’s not proper.”
It’s not clear if the US has gotten anybody out for the reason that US accomplished withdrawing all troops on Tuesday. The Kabul airport reopened on Saturday, however is now beneath Taliban management.
An undersecretary of state advised the AP that every one Americans and everlasting residents who had been stranded had been contacted and advised to anticipate additional particulars about routes out as soon as these have been organized.
One household needed to flee the Kabul airport simply earlier than the final US flight left, amid tear gasoline and gunfire.
“We run away from the gate,” the mom of three, all of whom are enrolled in Sacramento faculties, texted together with her children’ college principal.
“Scenario may be very scary. Children are crying due to these firing,” the mom texted, later including: “I completely misplaced my thoughts sir … as we speak I noticed my dying.”