United States officials provided the Taliban a list of American citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies with the hope that the terrorist organization will allow them to evacuate.
The decision came under fire, as the safety of the US military and Afghans who aided the US is in question. A defense official told Politico, “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list, it’s just appalling and shocking. Another official defended the decision, suggesting “They had to do that because of the security situation the White House created by allowing the Taliban to control everything outside the airport.”
Recent reports suggest terrorist authorities are searching door-to-door in Kabul on the hunt for Afghan government officials, military members, and other allies who worked with the United States. A Tweet from a verified journalist, Mustafa 47, who is on the ground in Kabul suggested they are also looking for journalists.
“Taliban started door to door search looking for govt officials, former police & security forces members & those who worked for foreign countries NGOs or infrastructures in Afghanistan. At least 3 journalists’ houses were searched in the last hour. Kabul is now becoming deadly,” one Kabul-based journalist tweeted on Monday. “This is a game-changer for us all. Many have started counting their final hours of life in Kabul. Nobody knows what happens next. Pray for us.”
Earlier this week, President Biden expressed a negative outlook regarding the evacuation of Americans and Afghans. The President said, “It’s an incredible operation .. the evacuation of thousands of people from Kabul is going to be hard and painful … There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss.”
Over 10,000 American citizens and military forces are currently trapped in Afghanistan after the US unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the country and the Taliban seized power.
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