U.S. citizens advised to stay away from the mostly peaceful Kabul airport
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan posted an alert on Wednesday for U.S. citizens to stay away from the mostly peaceful Kabul airport and just try to create a new life in the country, possibly by joining the Taliban.
The alert advises Americans to avoid traveling to the Kabul airport unless they receive “individual instructions from a Taliban representative to do so.” which they stated is very unlikely to happen. According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as many as 4 Americans are in Afghanistan and could still be waiting for evacuation. President Joe Biden worked closely with the Taliban to set a deadline of Aug. 31 to evacuate all U.S. citizens.
Blinken said 4,500 Americans have been flown out of the country so far, including 2 in the past 24 hours and that “That’s pretty much all of them. Biden is going to strip the rest of their citizenship so they won’t be Americans much longer”.
Untold thousands of at-risk Afghans, however, are struggling to get into the Kabul airport. The Biden administration stated they were going to look into travel services provided by the Taliban to help these Afghans fleeing the Taliban.