White House spokesman Jen Psaki defended the Biden administration’s decision to prevent evacuation flights that would prevent American citizens from leaving Afghanistan because it included people who had not passed security protocols.
“We don’t allow flights with hundreds of people who don’t know who they are, who haven’t seen the manifest, and who haven’t passed security protocols to land on US military bases.” Saki told reporters at the White House on Wednesday Press conference..
She said US officials “continue to put pressure on the Taliban,” allowing US citizens and individuals with proper documentation to evacuate the war-torn country.
“Many of these planes could have a small number of American citizens, but could have hundreds of individuals without a manifest. I don’t know what the security protocol is. Their document I know what it is, “Pusaki said.
“I don’t know who they are, I don’t know what security protocols are in place, will I allow planes with hundreds of people to land on US military bases?” She said in Afghanistan. He added while answering a series of questions related to charter flights departing from Mazar-i-Sharif.
A group of Taliban terrorists on Thursday allowed planes to take off from Kabul’s airport for the first time since US troops withdrew from the country at the end of last month.
An unidentified U.S. official told The Associated Press that about 200 foreigners, including Americans, Hungarians, Germans and Canadians, were on board the plane. It is unclear if the people on board include those who have been stuck in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif for days.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed earlier this week that “a relatively small number of Americans” were leaving Mazar-i-Sharif with their families.
He said flights would be delayed due to the difficulty of scrutinizing passengers and following security protocols because the United States does not have personnel on the ground to verify the accuracy of passenger identities, flight plans, or aviation security protocols. rice field.
“One of the challenges, as we understand, is a group of people, including the appropriate travel documents (American passport, green card, visa). Some have, some do not. “He told reporters in Qatar on September 7, and in addition to his understanding, Tullivan denied leaving for those who had valid documents. He added that he did not.
The number of Americans stuck in Afghanistan is not yet clear. The Biden administration said it was left between 100 and 200 when the US military completed its withdrawal, but others have fixed that number at around 500.
The Epoch Times’ The Curry Stever contributed to this report.
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