Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Republican) was on a plane orbiting a US-owned airport in Kabul with special forces last week to rescue an American stuck in Afghanistan.
Marin learned that American citizens were stuck in the Taliban-controlled nation and wanted to help drive them out before the U.S. military withdrew before President Joe Biden’s August 31 deadline.
But the attempt was unsuccessful, a member of parliament said Friday.
“They will never take us to Afghanistan,” he said in Fox News, accusing Biden administration officials.
Twenty Americans aimed at rescue haven’t been in contact since then, Marin said.
The secret journey led to reports that Marin’s whereabouts were unknown, claiming he threatened staff at the US Embassy in Tajikstan when he tried to enter Afghanistan for a rescue mission.
Marin and a spokesperson made a brief statement earlier this week that he was safe, but the television appearance was the first time a representative of his first term had detailed what had happened.
The Kabul turmoil convinced U.S. forces and other personnel to enter the airport after tens of thousands of Afghans and thousands of Americans bravely confronted the Taliban checkpoint, and terrorist groups in the United States. Undertook control of the Afghan army and the state with the support of.
Some Americans reported that they could not reach the airport, and the Pentagon confirmed reports of scattered beatings. It led to appealing to outside parties, including Mullin, to carry out rescue.
Mr Marin said people had begun calling him to seek help in evacuating Americans and Afghanistan. One call was about 20 US citizens who needed to be sponsored by another government agency, such as the Department of State or a member of parliament. That’s how he got on a plane set to land in Kabul and took off with more passengers.
Marin and the people with him were aware of the danger. “We felt we would probably come back with a 50-50 chance,” he said.
But he has no regrets about the attempt. It did not culminate in rescue.
“How do you say no when you have the option to do something?” He wondered. “I’ll do it again tomorrow.”
Marin targeted Biden and other senior officials and said he lied when he said that all the Americans he wanted before the U.S. military left would evacuate.
The withdrawal ended on August 30, leaving 100 to 200 Americans, officials said. Those chunks were school children from California.
Marin, who said his flight had received a humanitarian program from the Federal Aviation Administration, accused the State Department of interfering with the mission.
Authorities told The Epoch Times by email that all operators flying to the airport were told on August 18 that they needed permission from the US Department of Defense.
The Pentagon and the State Department did not respond to requests for comment.
The House of Representatives also denied anonymous reports alleging that they threatened American staff in Tajikstan. He said he had a lot of cash because he might need forecast funds to pass the Taliban checkpoint. He said the US ambassador to Tajikstan refused to help.
The other two parliamentarians arrived in Afghanistan, but instead of carrying out rescue missions, they went to oversee the evacuation.
Pentagon officials confirmed that Seth Moulton (Democrat) and Peter Meyer (Republican) arrived in Kabul on August 24, spent a few hours at the airport, and then departed.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (Republican) said he understood why it happened, but leaders of the House of Representatives of both parties said the trip should not have happened.
“They are both veterans, they are both frustrated, and they have a regime that doesn’t tell them the answer to the number of Americans remaining,” he told reporters in Washington. ..