Another organizer told Reuters that about 1,000 people, including Americans, are being held in Afghanistan awaiting the State Department to provide clearance for their flights. An individual involved in chartering private planes to ferry people out of Afghanistan put the onus solely on the State Department for holding up the flights. “This is zero place to be negotiating with American lives. Those are our people standing on the tarmac and all it takes is a f—ing phone call,” the person told Fox News. “If one life is lost as a result of this, the blood is on the White House’s hands. The blood is on their hands,” the person who is not being identified by Fox News to avoid jeopardizing the rescue efforts said, adding, “It is not the Taliban that is holding this up – as much as it sickens me to say that – it is the United States government.” The person suggested that the State Department is embarrassed that private charters are helping Americans escape Afghanistan after the Biden administration left them stranded following the US military withdrawal last week.