Americans not moving away from Kabul Airport: US Ambassador


U.S. officials said Monday that U.S. citizens were not blocked from entering U.S.-owned airports in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“It is false to claim that US citizens have been denied or denied access to HKIA by embassy staff or the US military,” Ross Wilson, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, said in a statement.

The US military holds Kabul International Airport in Kabul. The airport has been used for weeks to evacuate Americans, Afghans, and others who are trying to flee before the United States, which was hijacked by a Taliban terrorist group in mid-August, completely withdrew from the country. I did.

Wilson’s statement came after several members of Congress said that Americans couldn’t enter the airport over the weekend.

“I’m furious! My team is trying to get rid of American citizens by calling all day long. They’ve been just outside the airport many times, but the State Department doesn’t help them,” Ronny said. Congressman Jackson (Republican) wrote on Twitter.

“U.S. citizens are not allowed to enter Kabul International. Biden ordered the gates to close. Our fellow Americans will soon be left behind. Incredible, unforgivable,” said Mike. Rep. Waltz (Republican) added, referring to President Joe Biden.

“America, you need to know this: Biden hasn’t let citizens pass through the airport gates. For the past 24 hours, no one has been able to get through,” said Dan Crenshaw, Republican. Is writing.

Barry Moore (Republican), Mike Bost (Republican), and Victoria Spartans (Republican) also said they had heard that Americans were blocked from the facility.

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U.S. Marine Corps and German Army members will monitor the entrance gate during evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 28, 2021. (US Marine Corps / Captain Harris via Reuters)

The United States sometimes told people not to travel to facilities due to the dangers of the area presented by terrorists from ISIS. The Taliban also defeated some Americans.

The last warning came on Saturday. It was when the US Embassy in Kabul told US citizens around the airport to leave immediately.

Americans were also told to “avoid traveling to airports and avoid all airport gates at this time” because of “certain, credible threats”.

Several rockets were launched at the airport early on Monday.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said operations at the airport continued “uninterrupted.”

Biden was briefed on the situation. This included rockets intercepted by the US missile defense system and rockets that attacked various parts of Kabul.

The United States is ready to withdraw completely from Afghanistan on August 31st. About 300 Americans are believed to remain in Afghanistan, according to US officials. The United States promoted the evacuation or evacuation of about 1,200 people on Sunday, but the number of Americans is unknown, according to White House officials.

Biden refused to answer questions about the situation in public on Sunday.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.