At least a hundred Americans managed to leave Afghanistan thanks to Qatar’s mediation, after it worked with the Taliban to allow the departure of an airliner.
After the withdrawal of American troops, Joe Biden’s administration left some 200 American citizens adrift and waiting to leave Afghanistan; now, 10 days later, Qatar managed to intervene so that between 100 and 150 Americans could take a Qatar Airways flight from Kabul airport.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Qatar became an “important ally” in the mission to get the remaining Americans out; however, she still won’t admit that it was a mistake to withdraw the troops before all the Americans in Afghanistan.
Psaki told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that the U.S. must “continue to put pressure on the Taliban to work with us to help the people who want to leave.” She also said Qatar is “one of the partners we’re going to be relying on to work to get people out who want to depart Afghanistan.”
The secretary reported that so far 124,000 people have been successfully evacuated from Afghanistan; however, she would not say how many people remain, but noted that there are still those who may be eligible to leave who have not yet applied.
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Psaki also confirmed that the Biden administration does not allow private flights with Americans on board to land on U.S. military bases and cited “lack of adequate verification.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in Qatar that approving the evacuation of passengers became “challenging” because of not having personnel on the ground to verify identities.
“Without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans or aviation security protocols,” Blinken said.
More effective than the State Department
As the days pass, Americans become desperate to leave Afghanistan so they have turned to private security services to effect their evacuation; however, the State Department hinders efforts due to “lack of credentials and documentation.”
The email to Eric Montalvo, one of the organizers of private extraction flights, notes that charter flights to evacuate Americans are not allowed.
“No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base], the military airbase you mentioned in your communication with Samantha Power. In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land,” the State Department official wrote.
The official noted that while some third countries “may require” official State Department approval, the department “will not provide” such approval.
The claim by the State Department and Psaki has frustrated security experts who continue to work hard from Afghanistan to rescue those who still wish to escape and have been unable to do so.
Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo