September 7, 2021
The Taliban will not let them leave the airport. … they’re going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan.Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Tx) on the Taliban reportedly stopping Americans and Afghan interpreters from evacuating Afghanistan.
- Congressman McCaul, the highest ranking Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, said six planes were halted from taking off from Afghanistan.
- An Afghan official, speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, said four planes were not allowed to depart because the passengers did not have the right paperwork.
- Why It Matters: Different estimates exist about precisely how many Americans and their families remain in Afghanistan and how the Taliban will handle those who want to leave.
by Jenna Lee,