The United States is staying in “constant contact” with Americans left behind during President Biden’s frantic evacuation from Afghanistan who still wish to leave, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday, offering no timeline for freeing them from Taliban rule.
On Tuesday, the US completed pulling all troops from the 20-year war, and ended their initial evacuation efforts for all Americans and Afghan allies in the country. US troops helped evacuate in excess of 116,000 people from Kabul, as the Taliban took control of the country, including 6,000 Americans. However, at least 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan. A timetable for assisting Americans still in Afghanistan has not been set by Blinken.
“As they desire to leave, we are going to make sure we do everything we can to help them do exactly that,” Blinken said Blinken explained that most Americans remaining in the country are dual nationals living with their families, making it a “wrenching decision” on whether to leave or not.
In addition to American citizens remaining, the US has yet to provide an exact number of Afghan allies who received or applied for so-called Special Immigrant Visas who also remain in the country. Straight after the withdrawal, the Pentagon confirmed that several hundred Americans remained in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters the number of US passport holders stuck in Taliban-controlled territory is “likely closer to 100, perhaps considerably closer to 100.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated that number on Thursday, affirming the State Department is “working in close coordination with them to determine how they can leave the country [or] if they’ve left the country.”
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