WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Nearly two months after the U.S. withdrew troops from Afghanistan following 20 years of warfare, greater than 300 American residents stay in the nation now beneath Taliban management.
That quantity is sort of triple the federal authorities’s unique estimate.
The Biden administration and Pentagon says they’re working to get these Americans out of Afghanistan.
“We are aware of concerns that some of our members have about their family members, absolutely,” Department of Defense press secretary John Kirby mentioned. “(There is an) interagency effort to find safe passage for these individuals to the best of our ability.”
But he mentioned the repatriation efforts is not going to lead the U.S. to ship troops again to Afghanistan.
Instead, the U.S. Department of State is counting on diplomatic agreements with the Taliban, with press secretary Ned Price saying the U.S. is insisting the Taliban uphold “the right of free passage for those who wish to depart Afghanistan.”
Kirby added that U.S. companions in the area will probably be key in evacuating Americans.
That’s not ok for Republicans on Capitol Hill, who proceed to slam the Biden administration’s exit technique.
“Hundreds of Americans are still in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, President (Joe) Biden and Democrats are trying to cram through trillions in new tax hikes,” Rep. Greg Murphy, R-S.C., mentioned on the House flooring.
“What are their priorities? A new gender strategy,” he added. “Are you kidding me?”
The U.S. additionally continues to work with nonprofits to assist 1000’s of Afghan refugees who fled their homeland because the U.S. pulled out and the Western-backed Afghan authorities crumbled earlier than the Taliban.