‘Tell the State Dept. to f–k themselves’: Taliban’s taunts to desperate evacuees

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Members of Congress and their staffers who scrambled to help Americans and their Afghan allies get out of Afghanistan before this week’s withdrawal deadline have revealed some of the frantic messages they received from people desperate to leave in recent days. Multiple outlets, including The Post, reported on the difficulties facing would-be evacuees who attempted to get to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport through a gauntlet of Taliban checkpoints. Now, the messages obtained by the Washington Examiner show how fraught the situation became in the final days before the last flight left Aug. 30. One Afghan-American who worked with the office of Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said the Islamic fundamentalist group’s fighters “were creating as much problem as they could.” The man recalled being told by the State Department to go to the Interior Ministry in Kabul, where he was confronted by a Taliban guard. After the man explained the situation, the Taliban fighter responded: “Go and tell the State Department to f— themselves.” “I know it was stupid, but I took just my chance,” he said.

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