The Taliban is holding six airplanes carrying Individuals and Afghan refugees “hostage” at an airport in Afghanistan, Rep. Michael McCaul claimed in an interview Sunday.
McCaul, the rating Republican on the Home Overseas Affairs Committee, mentioned on “Fox Information Sunday” that the flights have been cleared by the US State Division to depart however “the Taliban won’t allow them to depart the airport.”
“In actual fact, now we have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with Americans on them as I converse, additionally with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for calls for proper now,” the Texas congressman instructed host Chris Wallace.
Wallace questioned McCaul on what calls for the Taliban are making earlier than permitting the flights to go away.
“Effectively, they aren’t clearing airplanes to depart. They’ve sat on the airport for the final couple days, these planes, they usually’re not allowed to go away,” he mentioned.
“We all know the explanation why is as a result of the Taliban need one thing in trade. That is actually, Chris, turning right into a hostage state of affairs the place they’re not going to permit Americans to go away till they get full recognition from america of America,” he continued.
McCaul mentioned “tons of of Americans” are nonetheless ready to be evacuated from Afghanistan for the reason that US accomplished its army pullout on Aug. 31, bringing an finish to the 20-year-old battle.
The Biden administration says between 100 and 200 Individuals are nonetheless in Afghanistan.
And McCaul mentioned “zero” Individuals have been flown overseas since US troops departed.
“I’ve been given the reply within the categorized house nevertheless it’s within the tons of. We have now tons of of Americans left behind enemy traces in Afghanistan as I converse. And likewise, very sadly, the interpreters who labored with our particular forces, nearly all of them had been left behind and weren’t let within the gates on the airport at HKI to get out,” he mentioned, referring to Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport in Kabul.
“And that was a promise that the president made. I’ve mentioned all alongside, this president has blood on his fingers. And, this week, this final week, we had 13 servicemen and girls come residence, flag-draped coffins at Dover [Air Force Base],” McCaul mentioned.
“This downside’s going to worsen, not higher, and it’s — now we have left them behind. That’s the essential creed of the army,” he added.
Thirteen US service members -- 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman and one Military soldier — had been killed in a suicide bombing assault by an ISIS-Okay terrorist outdoors the gates of the Kabul airport final month.
Biden was slammed for his watch because the flag-draped coffins of the army members had been being unloaded on the airbase.