Biden’s Afghanistan: American Hostages in Mazar-i-Sharif and a ‘Genocide in the Making’ in the North
Earlier Sunday, PJM reported that Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) sounded the alarm about six civilian aircraft waiting to depart the airport at Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. According to McCaul, those aircraft have an unknown number of Americans and Afghan interpreters who helped the U.S. military during the 20-year war.
Rep. McCaul said the Taliban makes demands while blocking the aircrafts’ departure, effectively creating a hostage situation.
That situation continues.
Now a satellite image purportedly of the aircraft has emerged on Twitter.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the State Department about the ongoing standoff. The State Department has promised to get all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan out of the country. The State Department issued a statement saying essentially that its hands are tied because it has no ground or air assets available.
“We understand the concern many people feel as they try to facilitate further charter and passage out of Afghanistan. However, we do not have personnel on the ground; we do not have air assets in the country, we do not control the airspace — whether over Afghanistan or elsewhere in the region,” the State Department statement says.
The United States did have all of those assets available until Joe Biden ordered a full and hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, including abandoning Bagram Air Base in early July.
Meanwhile, in Afghanistan’s northern Panjshir province, anti-Taliban fighters continue their fight. But with no support from outside of Afghanistan, while the Taliban are now armed with U.S. weaponry left behind in the withdrawal, and with reported Pakistani support, the Taliban are closing in on the last force resisting them. Afghanistan’s last remaining elected leader present in the country, former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, reportedly calls on the United Nations to intervene to prevent “genocide.”
Saleh says hundreds of thousands of displaced Afghans are under direct threat from the Taliban, and “if no attention is paid to the situation, a full-scale human rights and humanitarian catastrophe including starvation and mass killing, even genocide of these people are in the making.”
Mass killings followed the U.S. exit from Vietnam in the 1970s, including the heinous genocide the woke communist Khmer Rouge perpetrated in Cambodia. They killed about 25% of their own countrymen.
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