Officers from numerous departments — together with State and Protection — knowledgeable Senate staffers at a Tuesday morning briefing that they have no idea of a method to get these Individuals by means of Taliban checkpoints positioned exterior Kabul, the situation of the primary airport, The Washington Post reported, citing two Senate aides.
Neither the State Division nor the Protection Division instantly responded to after-hours requests for remark from Fox Information.
In the meantime, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton’s workplace arrange a hotline for Individuals — together with those that are primarily “trapped behind Taliban traces,” The Army Occasions reported.
“The state of affairs is dire,” the Arkansas Republican stated. “However we’ll do every little thing in our energy to assist hold you knowledgeable and to assist get you out.”
A former State Division contractor told Fox News that Taliban fighters have additionally established checkpoints all through Kabul and across the airport. Some, the supply stated, have been beating individuals on the way in which to the airport.
The exact variety of Individuals exterior Kabul was not instantly clear however as much as 15,000 should still be in Afghanistan, the Put up reported. The Taliban has been on the offensive throughout the nation for weeks. At a information briefing later Tuesday, Jake Sullivan, President Biden’s nationwide safety adviser, instructed reporters that the Taliban expressed a willingness to offer “secure passage of civilians to the airport,” the report stated.
The U.S. was going to carry the Taliban to that promise, he added.
Sullivan was requested by a CBS reporter if U.S. troops will likely be pulled from Afghanistan earlier than all Individuals and Afghan allies are out. He stated he wouldn’t touch upon hypotheticals.
Sullivan didn’t instantly reply to an after-hours e mail from Fox Information.
He tweeted on Tuesday: “Once I was requested about whether or not we’re going to get all Individuals out of Afghanistan I stated “that’s what we intend to do” and that’s precisely what we’ll do, and are undertaking proper now with HKIA re-opened and operational, due to the unimaginable work of our troops and diplomats.
The State Department on Tuesday instructed Americans and others trying to get out of Afghanistan that they need to “shelter in place” till they’re given additional instruction by the U.S. Embassy amid a fragile security situation within the Afghan capital.
“Our message stays for Americans and for others who’ve expressed curiosity in relocation out of Afghanistan: shelter in place till and until you obtain a communication from the U.S. embassy,” spokesman Ned Worth instructed reporters.
Fox Information’ Adam Shaw and The Related Press contributed to this report.