Blinken: Taliban ‘Not Permitting’ Charter Flights To Leave, U.S. Limited Since We Pulled Personnel

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday that the Taliban are not allowing flights to charter flights to leave out of Afghanistan. “As of now, the Taliban are not permitting the charter flights to depart,” Blinken said. “They claim that some of the passengers do not have the required documentation.” “While there are limits to what we can do without personnel on the ground, without an airport with normal security procedures in place, we are working to do everything in our power to support those flights and to get them off the ground,” he continued, later adding, “we will continue to press the Taliban to allow the charters to leave.” Blinken’s remarks come as hundreds of Americans, and even more green card holders and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, remain stranded in Afghanistan after the Biden administration pulled out U.S. from the country. Democrat President Joe Biden claimed during an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos a back in August that U.S. troops would remain on the ground in Afghanistan until all Americans had been evacuated.

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