Report: Biden leaves hundreds of students from American University in Afghanistan behind under Taliban rule

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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- According to a report by the New York Times, on Sunday, August 29th, hundreds of students, their family members, and staff of the American University of Afghanistan were denied entry in their final attempt to enter the Kabul airport and escape to freedom.

Reportedly, the group of about 600 evacuees waited seven hours on busses to enter the facility, but by the time they got to the airport, “evacuations were permanently called off” due to security threats outside the airport. 

An email the university administration sent to the students read:

“I regret to inform you that the high command at HKIA in the airport has announced there will be no more rescue flights.”

American University President Ian Bickford also described the desperate plight the students are facing, saying:

“The scholar pilgrims who were turned away today while seeking safe passage to a better future need the help of the U.S. government who gave them the hope they must not lose.”

The president added that tension began when the group of evacuees learned their personal information had been given to the Taliban. He said:

“The U.S. military shared a list of names and passport information of hundreds of students and their families with the Taliban guarding the airport checkpoints.”

24-year-old Hosay, a student, who was turned away on the busy on the 29th, said in a statement:

“They told us: we have given your names to the Taliban. We are all terrified. There is no evacuation, there is no getting out.”

The students’ worry and concern over their lives and safety comes as the Taliban took control of the city on August 15th.

When the city collapsed, Taliban fighters entered the university and replaced the institution’s flag with the Taliban flag. The Taliban then posted a photo on social media of themselves to frighten students, saying:

“This was where America trained infidel ‘wolves’ to corrupt the minds of Muslims.”

On August 25th, Breitbart News reported that more than a thousand Americans were stranded at the American University of Afghanistan. In a now deleted tweet, Michelle Kosinski wrote:

“It has been able to get only around 50 people out. It needs to get out 1200 more. These people have been and will continue to be Taliban targets.”

Cajon Valley School Board President Tamara Otero told the Los Angeles Times that the stranded group had purchased flights out of Afghanistan before the beginning of the school year, on August 17th, but were not able to leave the country due to Biden’s deadly withdrawal operation. 

Otero added:

“Unfortunately, they were not able to get to the airport. The biggest concern is that the Taliban closed the airport. We are so worried about our students that are stuck there. We’ll do the best we can to get them out.”

Cajon Valley Superintendent David Miyashiro notified the families that he would be meeting with Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (CA). The congressman’s spokesperson confirmed that the group of Americans is stranded, adding:

“Congressman Issa and his staff are working diligently to determine the facts on the ground, any bureaucratic barriers that can be removed, and the best ways to help those stranded leave Afghanistan and return home safely. We don’t stop until we have answers and action.”

The American University of Afghanistan first opened in 2006 and was primarily funded by $160 million endowed by the United States Agency for International Development.

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Retired Navy aviator says Biden team lying, claims Americans beaten and denied entry at Kabul airport

August 30th, 2021

A retired Navy aviator, who is reportedly helping evacuate Americans from Afghanistan, recently appeared on Fox News alleging that people were being denied entry into the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul by the Taliban.

The retired aviator also pushed back on claims coming U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson, where the ambassador stated on Twitter that allegations of Americans being “turned away or denied access” to the Kabul airport “are false”.

Retired Navy Aviator Brett Odom appeared on Fox News on August 30th to share some of the difficulties some are facing while trying to evacuate Afghanistan:

“I worked for a family last night for about eight hours. That video was from the family. They had been trying to get into the back gate, the south gate. It was the only one open yesterday. Everything else welded shut.

And they had been turned back by the Taliban multiple times. They had been beaten. They were scared. They were terrified. And we could not get them through last night.”

Odom described how some of those he helped navigating through the Taliban checkpoints were “waving their passports” and screaming that they were American and couldn’t get through the gates of the airport:

“We had them moving through the checkpoints…They could not get into the gate. The gates were closed. They were outside, waving their passports.

We are telling them to scream that ‘I’m an American. I need to get on this airplane.’ And no one let them. And you know, we heard that went all the way up to the top of the military leadership.”

As of August 29th, the State Department said that there was an estimated 250 Americans still in Afghanistan that actively want to leave the country, and claims there are plans to get them evacuated.

When the State Department addressed claims that Americans were being denied entry into the Kabul airport, they referred to a recent tweet shared by U.S. Ambassador Ross Wilson on August 30th that reads as follows:

“This is a high-risk operation. Claims that American citizens have been turned away or denied access to HKIA by Embassy staff or US Forces are false.”

Odom said in response to that tweet that Ambassador Wilson’s claims are “false” in that Americans are being denied entry, namely by way of the Taliban:

“Well, as of about 3:00 Eastern time this morning it was definitely false.”

“I have a family of four that were outside the gate. We were networking furiously. Every channel that we knew, some with folks had channels into Centcom and other operations. And these folks were not allowed in the base. The base is shut down. So there is Americans who are being left behind.”

The current number of Americans still in Afghanistan as of August 30th isn’t exactly clear, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioning in a press briefing that there are still “a small number” of Americans citizens abroad.

This news comes shortly after Islamic State militants fired several rockets at the Kabul airport on August 30th, with no American casualties being reported. This terrorist group referred to as ISIS-K is deemed to be more radical than the Taliban, with the Taliban often feuding with the group.

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‘Repulsive’: U.S. ambassador actually blames American citizens for now being trapped in Afghanistan

(Originally published August 29th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC – The State Department’s acting U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan is drawing fire after suggesting Americans caught in Afghanistan are to blame for being trapped in the war-torn country.

Ross Wilson, the acting U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said on Wednesday that Americans remaining in the country were repeatedly warned to leave and “chose not to.”

Wilson said:

“We put out repeated warnings every three weeks to Americans going back to March or April. Each one in stronger terms: Leave now, leave immediately.

“Never in my 40 years of working at the State Department have I seen such strong language used. People chose not to leave. That’s their business, that’s their right. We regret now that many may find themselves in a position they would rather not be in, and we are determined to try and help them.”

Ross continued that the administration wants to see citizens evacuate Afghanistan before the August 31 deadline set by President Biden. However, he also stressed that the deadline does not end American involvement in the country.

The ambassador told CBS evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell:

“We would like for all those who wish to get out of this country to do so and to be able to do so by August 31, especially American citizens.

“Our commitment in this country and our involvement in this country doesn’t end on that date. We believe that there will be possibilities for Americans to be able to get out of this country. America’s commitment to American citizens, in particular to our staff, to those who served our country, that isn’t going to end.”

There have been numerous journalists and firsthand accounts of people trying to get to Kabul Airport being blocked by Taliban fighters, including those carrying American passports.

Additionally, two horrific explosions at Kabul Airport killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U,S, service members yesterday. Over 140 including 18 U.S. servicemen were wounded, according to the Pentagon and an official with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said 4,500 U.S. citizens and their immediate families have been evacuated from Afghanistan over the last 10 days. Blinken said estimates are that as many as 6,000 Americans were trying to leave the country as of August 14.

ISIS-K terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. President Biden promised a quick and strong response:

“We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

A U.S. drone airstrike reportedly killed a leader of the group in Afghanistan on Friday in retaliation.

Blinken refused to say if any diplomats would remain behind after all troops pull out on August 31, but he said there was “no deadline” to helping U.S. citizens or Afghan allies out of the country.

Ross’ callous statements were met with anger and disbelief by many, who said the comments were inappropriate. Foreign policy analyst Nile Gardiner tweeted:

“This is a disgraceful message from the callous Biden administration. Truly heartless.”

Stephen Gutowski, firearms reporter and founder of TheReload.com, called for Ross to be fired for his comments:

“This person should resign immediately or be fired. This is disgusting.”

Another Twitter post said placing blame for being trapped on the American citizens in Afghanistan is “repulsive”:

“This is repulsive. How about a story about American, (intelligence) and NATO aid workers, doctors, journ(ists), NGO workers, Embassy employees, people there to help humanity?

“Everything about the withdrawal is horrific and shameful, one of the lowest points in American history. Shame on you.”

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Kamala Harris responds by laughing when press asks her about Americans trapped in Afghanistan

August 24, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As appears to be her habit, Kamala Harris has once again met questions on a serious subject with silly, wide-mouthed laughter.

On Friday, August 20, Harris was approached by reporters asking about the chaotic situation in Afghanistan after the country was taken over by Taliban fighters.

The exchange between Harris and reporters can be seen in the Twitter post below.

As Harris, smiling widely, approaches the press pool, one member of the press can be heard to say, 

“What is your response to Americans – “

A grinning Harris is seen to cut the reporter off, saying, “Hold on, hold on — slow down, everybody,” before bursting into laughter, shoulders shaking.

After apparently regaining her composure, Harris did issue a statement with a straight face, promising that a “one of our highest if not our highest priority right now” is to “safely ensure that we evacuate American citizens, Afghans who work with us, Afghans at risk, including women and children.”

This apparent joking matter comes at a time when Harris has already fallen under criticism for not facing the circumstances in Afghanistan.

The vice president virtually disappeared from public view, and from Joe Biden’s side, for several days after the Taliban overran Afghanistan. 

According to the New York Post, she did not appear in public, for interviews or other events, for at least six days, and could only be seen in still photos.  

In addition, Harris did not join Joe Biden on camera during his speech on Afghanistan.  According to Breitbart, she watched the president’s speech from the green room.

In fact, the laughing interview footage was taken as Harris was preparing to leave on a trip to Singapore and Vietnam, arguably a priority that pales in comparison to the current foreign policy debacle her administration is facing.

The New York Post quotes a “senior Biden administration official” as explaining:

“Vietnam today is an increasing partner of the United States. 

“And that’s why the vice president is going.”

The official added:

“We are all confident that she can do this trip and pursue all of these important interests while staying engaged on the subject of Afghanistan.”

Although publicly ‘engaging’ thus far has been accompanied by laughter, this is certainly not the first time the vice president has cackled in response to a serious question on a serious subject.

For example, in June of 2021, NBC’s Lester Holt asked Harris, who had been placed in charge of the border in March, if she was going to travel to the border.

A smiling Harris repeatedly insisted that “we” had been to the border, at which point Holt pressed:

“YOU haven’t been to the border.”

Harris responded,

“And I haven’t been to Europe.”

She immediately followed this statement with laughter, and added,

“I don’t understand the point that you’re making.”

Another instance of strangely-timed laughter occurred in October of 2020 when CBS’s Norah O’Donnell asked Harris if she had a “socialist or progressive perspective.”

Harris burst out laughing, and, while answering the question, burst into laughter again.

More inappropriate laughter from Harris occurred during a January 2020 press conference on the impeachment hearings.

In the Twitter video below, Harris appears to be joking around with colleague Sherrod Brown during this very serious event, apparently prompting Chuck Schumer to silence them with a hand wave.

Also, on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Harris burst into inexplicable laughter during a speech on health insurance and expanding Medicaid.

She told listeners:

“We also must work together to call on Congress to advance other components of our build back agenda.

“To expand Medicaid in every state.  To expand Medicaid in every state.”

She added:

“People live in every state.  That’s the logic.”

At this point she burst into loud laughter.

In yet another example, Harris drew criticism in April, 2021, when she laughed loudly at a question about remote learning for children in the San Diego Unified School District.

Laughing throughout her words, Harris declared:

“More parents are seeing the value of educators when they have to -“

Harris’ remaining words were obscured by her cackling over them.

She continued with a gasp for air, followed by:

“And say we’re not paying them nearly enough, hahahaha.”

Katie Pavlich, editor of Townhall.com, had some pointed criticism for Harris’ behavior in the face of this serious subject, saying:

“Has nobody sat down with the vice president and said, ‘You have to stop laughing when you are asked serious questions’?

“It makes you look out of touch.  It makes you look incompetent.

“That’s a basic thing that they should have fixed by now.”

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