Biden’s State Department tries to take credit for Afghan family evacuation – that it had nothing to do with

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AFGHANISTAN- Shocker. The inept U.S. State Department led by feckless Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to take credit for the rescue of an American mother and her three children from Afghanistan, according to Fox News.

The organizer told Fox that the State Department, despite playing little if any role in her rescue effort, is trying to take credit for it.

On Monday, senior officials with the state department claimed that the “U.S. has facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens by overland route from Afghanistan. Embassy staff was present upon their arrival.”

However those who were actually involved in the extraction effort say the State Department should receive little to no credit for getting the mother, only identified as Mariam and her three children out of the war-torn country.

Cory Mills, who led a private team of military veterans told Fox News Monday the true accounting of the rescue efforts and downplayed the role of the U.S. government in the operation.

Mills’ team was funded by private donors, including the Sentinel Foundation and head-manned the rescue operation in Afghanistan after the family was stranded by the Biden administration, which was confirmed to Fox News by multiple sources.

Mills said he and his team had been working for weeks to get Mariam’s family out of Afghanistan after he was notified by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) of the family’s situation.

Mills and his team initially tried to have Mariam’s family removed on one of the last government flights out of Kabul, however she was not permitted access to the airport by the Taliban.

The State Department’s involvement centered around them telling the four Americans to go to the airport gate, expecting them to circumnavigate Taliban checkpoints along the way, where they were refused entry to the airport on arrival at the gates, Mills told Fox.

On her final attempt to enter the airport, a member of the Taliban, whom the Biden administration relied on to allow Americans and Afghan allies into the airport, pointed a gun at Mariam’s head and told her not to come back.

After that happened, sources say that Taliban terrorists asked locals in the city who knew Mariam how they could find her. That was when Mills’ team rushed to locate her and get her and her family out of the city and relocate them to a safehouse.

After failing to get the family out of the country through the Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul, Mills and his team tried to get the family out on a private chartered flight from Mazar-i-Sharif airport however the planes were unable to receive clearance to take off.

While some of the private evacuation organizers blamed the State Department for failing to get clearance for the aircraft to depart and land in third countries, Republican Texas Rep. Michael McCaul laid the blame on the Taliban.

With Plan A and B rendered moot, the only other option available was to evacuate the family to a neighboring country, not identified by Fox so as not to jeopardize future rescue missions, Mills said.

After multiple attempts and “sleight of hand” tactics described by Mills as a “shell game,” Mariam’s family was finally able to cross the border into that country on Monday—just before the Taliban closed the checkpoint to prevent others from using it to escape Afghanistan.

Mills told Fox News that the State Department’s claims about facilitating the escape of Mariam and her family is “absolute nonsense.”

In an exclusive interview, Mills told Fox that the State Department was “spinning” the rescue to make the government look good after their complete incompetent bungle on the Afghan exit.

“The fact that they’re spinning this, trying to take 100% credit when they didn’t track this family, when they placated this family, when the mother, who was under extreme stress and extreme pressure reached out to the State Department multiple times and got no help.”

Fox reached out to the State Department, where a spokesman responded to Mills’ allegations that they were exaggerating their role in the family’s rescue.

“The Department assisted four Americans depart Afghanistan via an overland route on Monday. We provided guidance to them, worked to facilitate their safe passage, and Embassy officials greeted the Americans once they had crossed the border.”

That narrative is false, according to Mills and others with knowledge of the operation, saying the State Department is grossly exaggerating its role and had little to nothing to do with the rescue until after the most dangerous part of the operation—getting the mother and her three children across the border—was finished.

Mills was livid in speaking about the administration trying to co-opt credit where none was due.

“This is an attempt to save face by the administration for the Americans they left behind. This is a woman with three children from age 15 all the way down to two-years old. And they did nothing to try to expedite this…But at the very last minute, you have these ‘senior officials’ at the State Department trying to claim credit for this like ‘oh yeah look what we’ve done,” Mills said.

“It’s like we carried the ball to the 99-and-a-half-yard line and them taking it that last half yard and being like ‘look what we did.”

Mills’ sentiments were echoed by Rep. Jackson.

“The only thing the Biden Administration seems to be good at is patting itself on the back for a job horribly done. This administration left my constituents behind in Afghanistan and now they’re lying about their role in getting these four American citizens out,” Jackson fumed.

Continuing, he said, “The State Department didn’t do anything for two weeks except put my constituents in danger and leave them stranded. I know this for a fact because my office has been working around the clock to get our people home with no legitimate support from State. Only after Cory Mills and his team got them into the third country did State offer support by securing tourist visas,” Jackson said.

“Cory and his team are brave patriots. Praise God that American veterans have more resolve than Joe Biden or his State Department,” he said. 

Jackson’s sentiments were shared by Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who said it was a “flat out lie” that the State Department had anything to do with Mariam and her family’s evacuation, claiming that any credit belongs to a “team of patriots who worked around the clock for two weeks to get them out, despite the many roadblocks from the State Department.”

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In case you missed it, Law Enforcement Today recently reported on Rep. Mullin’s “off the books” rescue attempt in Afghanistan. For more on that, we invite you to:

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Editor note: As we were publishing the article, we received word from two separate sources in Congress that Rep. Mullin has returned home safely.  It’s unclear whether his mission was a success.  We have not received independent confirmation from his office at this time that he has returned.  The original story from the Washington Post about him going missing seems to have mysteriously vanished.

According to reports on Tuesday, a United States representative went reportedly missing after expressing desires to engage in a “rogue evacuation mission” to assist in the rescue of Americans in Afghanistan.

It reportedly happened when Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin was attempting to enter Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover and the United States’ ostensibly botched exit.

The Republican Congressman was on a “rogue evacuation mission,” according to The Washington Post, despite State Department’s warnings not to venture to the country.

Rep. Mullin allegedly attempted to smuggle funds into Afghanistan by contacting the Tajikistani embassy, but embassy officials informed Rep. Mullin that they wouldn’t be able to circumvent Tajikistan’s laws on cash limits on his way to venturing one of the most perilous regions on earth.

The Washington Post reported that as of the evening of August 31st, officials are unsure as to the whereabouts of Rep. Mullin. Apparently, Rep. Mullin’s office also did not respond to several requests for comment from the Washington Post.

There is currently no word regarding the origins with respect to this presumed large sum of cash that Rep. Mullin referenced when reportedly contacting the Tajikistani embassy. There has also been no confirmation whether or not the U.S. Representative has departed the United States.

The Hill reported that Rep. Mullin was looking to hire a helicopter to venture into Afghanistan so that way a rescue could be facilitated for a family a five Americans – consisting of a mother and her four children.

According to reports, Rep. Mullin had before tried to travel to Afghanistan, having previously made it all the way to Greece earlier in August and later being denied by the Pentagon when he sought permission to enter Afghanistan.

An unidentified State Department official stressed the seriousness of the danger for a representative to enter Afghanistan in such a fashion, saying the following:

“To say this is extremely dangerous is a massive understatement.”

This alleged endeavor to enter Afghanistan comes roughly one week after Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton and Republican Rep. Peter Meijer tried the same thing, with both of them being veterans.

Both of those representatives discretely traveled to Kabul in an effort to conduct an oversight of the Biden administration’s evacuation of Afghanistan.

Needless to say, House officials were not pleased with that effort, lambasting both the Republican and Democratic representatives – with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminding representatives that engaging in said behavior is both “deadly serious” and that the House does “not want members to go” to Afghanistan without adhering to proper protocols.

This is a developing story.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this ongoing matter.

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Anti-Taliban “resistance group” says White House ignored their calls, stayed silent as Afghanistan fell

(Originally published August 30th, 2021)

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN- The Biden administration has made it clear that they don’t give a rip about the Afghan people being left behind as they turn tail and run, leaving countless numbers of Americans and Afghan allies behind.

So little do they care that the administration has cut off communication with the National Resistance Front, an anti-Taliban resistance group, the Washington Examiner reports.

According to Ahmad Massoud, spokesman for the resistance movement, he said the Biden administration hasn’t been in touch since Taliban insurgents gained control of Afghanistan.

“I tried to reach out. Unfortunately, we haven’t received any type of response from them,” said Ali Nazary, head of foreign relations for the group of resistance fighters. “We don’t see an interest at the moment for the resistance.”

In a statement to the Examiner, Nazary said that the stronghold held by the resistance fighters in northeastern Afghanistan’s Panjshir province could be used as a point of refuge for those stuck in Kabul, where a Thursday terrorist attack killed hundreds of people, including at least 13 U.S. service members, while injuring at least 18 more.  

Nazary said it had been “months” since he last had contact with the White House and called the silence a “lack of interest” from the Biden administration.

“They know I’m here. But we haven’t received any interest,” he said, according to the New York Post.

The National Resistance Front is thus far the only group providing any type of resistance to the Taliban.

“We haven’t received an invitation. We haven’t received any requests. It is surprising to us that this is the only resistance against the Taliban, the only force left against terrorism, the only force that is providing safe haven for thousands…but they haven’t given this option any consideration.”

After Thursday’s terrorist attacks outside the Kabul airport, Nazary suggested that groups stranded in the country could be sent to Panjshir.

“We believe the latest development with the suicide bombings make our case stronger because we’ve been warning the current administration, we’ve been warning all our Western partners…that international terrorism is stronger compared to 2001,” Nazary continued. “It shouldn’t be ignored,” the Examiner reported.

The resistance group should not be ignored in that it could provide an important ally for the United States and other countries who still have people stranded in the war-torn country.

Nazary said the resistance movement could be an essential partner in counterterrorism efforts inside Afghanistan.

“These are the last allies the United States has. If these allies are not on the ground, it will be very difficult to fight terrorism inside Afghanistan in the future,” he said. “There is still a threat…This is just the beginning.”

On Wednesday, head White House media propagandist Jen Psaki was asked if the administration had been in contact with the resistance fighters and Massoud in particular, and whether they had the administration’s support “or are they on their own?”

Psaki, as she always does punted the question.

“It’s a great question. I’ll have to talk to our team on the ground to see if there’s any more specifics we can provide.”

On Thursday after the terrorist attack, the White House was once again pressed on the question if they would be reaching out to Massoud. They did not provide any further details when asked.

The administration has however been in contact with Taliban leaders as the U.S. gets ready to grab its collective ankles and meet the random Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. to leave the country.

According to Reuters, the Resistance and Taliban leaders engaged in a round of talks on Wednesday in order to get some kind of negotiated governance agreement both sides could come to an agreement on.

“We want to make the Taliban realize that the only way forward is through negotiation,” Massoud told Reuters.

Both sides agreed to a cease fire of sorts until they have the opportunity to engage in a second round of talks.

Last week, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan lied to the Washington Examiner when he claimed U.S. trained Afghan forces had dissolved as the Taliban advanced through the country.

“Afghan forces appear to have essentially—are no longer operating as a coherent entity,” Sullivan said, however would not answer a question on the relationship with the Afghan army going forward.

In response to the terrorist attack, Biden made the claim that it was “ISIS-K” that carried out the attack and they were “enemies” with the Taliban. It was of course the Taliban that let the ISIS terrorists out of prison at Bagram Air Base, which U.S. forces abandoned ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline.

As of Friday, the U.S. had evacuated around 105,000 people, both Americans and Afghan allies since Aug. 14 according to a White House official. It is believed there are still some 1,500 Americans in the country, although the State Department has no idea exactly how many there are.

The New York Post said it reached out to the White House for comment, however they didn’t receive a response.

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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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