State Department Gives Conflicting Counts Of Americans Still In Afghanistan

When President Biden pulled out of Afghanistan is was a huge mess. Caught in the middle were hundreds of American citizens left stranded in a Taliban-ran country with no word of when they would be going home.

At this time we know that there are at least 363 American citizens still in Afghanistan waiting to leave the country. When the dust settled on the U.S. military’s evacuation from Kabul, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there was only a “small number” of Americans still trying to evacuate the country, totaling less than 200 and “likely closer to 100.”

Last week, the State Department alleged that “at least 129 U.S. citizens have been rescued from Afghanistan by the State Department since the withdrawal, meaning Blinken’s estimate of “closer to 100” was completely wrong.

On Thursday evening, State Department Spokesman Ned Price tweeted that 234 citizens and 144 legal permanent residents were rescued from Afghanistan since the withdrawal, quite a discrepancy.

In addition to the hundreds of American citizens still trying to leave the now very violent country, thousands of Afghan civilians who assisted the U.S. war effort since 2001 remain in the country in serious danger from the Taliban, even though Biden had promised them the U.S. would aid in their departure.

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