At Least 500 Americans Still Trapped in Afghanistan, Contradicts Biden’s Estimates
'The number of U.S. citizens still there and wanting to leave is closer to 500'
At least 500 Americans remain stranded in Afghanistan, contradicting Joe Biden's lower estimate of between 100 and 200.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that those who believe Biden underestimated the number of trapped Americans include Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who said:
"The number of U.S. citizens still there and wanting to leave is closer to 500.”
If you also included the family members of those trapped, the “number of people could be as high as 1,000," Issa stated.
“Unless we continue and get the rest of our American citizens and all those otherwise eligible out, we won’t have done our job,” Issa explained.
Rescue operation Allied Airlift 21’s leader Mike Jason said he has communicated with 78 green card holders still in the country, “but that the figure does not capture the scale of the problem."
"Add their spouses and children to the tally, he said, and the number rises to nearly 400.”
Jason believes there are more Americans trapped in Afghanistan than Biden is revealing because estimates do not “include their family members who may be green card holders.”
Jason’s operation has identified 45 Americans in Afghanistan but has evidence that over 250 family members are trapped with them.
An informal rescue operation network named Digital Dunkirk said many Americans who contacted them have not registered with the U.S. embassy, throwing off Biden's estimates even further.
“Those names are starting to trickle out now,” said Alex Plitsas of Digital Dunkirk.
“I expect that number to rise significantly,” he explained.
The White House's initial estimate of Americans in Afghanistan before the country collapsed was about 11,000.
But the Biden administration said just 6,000 Americans had been flown out of the country following the evacuation, leaving potentially around 5,000.
Last week, an American woman stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's botched withdrawal said she fears for her life after being left to people who want “to kill us.”
She admitted she doesn't know how to believe anymore because those who were supposed to get her out of the country have “been fooling me, for past 10 days, back and forth, back and forth, stories after stories.”
"I worked for 14 years. And what is next for us?”
“We just smell the death," she stated.
"I’m afraid to let them go out or myself to go out,” she continued.
Neon Nettle reported earlier that White House staff members were "disgusted" with Biden over his botched withdrawal.
They said they are "horrified" that Americans were left behind in the terrorist-controlled country.