The New York Times reports that hundreds of American University students in Kabul were sent home after trying to evacuate from Afghanistan and are now “terrified” after having a list with their names and passports shared with the Taliban.
The Times describes a last-ditch effort for the students trying to escape the country on U.S. military flights.
Despite a deadline of August 31st for the United States to extract civilians from Kabul airport, the Times writes that “evacuations were permanently called off” and, according to an email sent to the students, the airport “has announced there will be no more rescue flights.”
The email, written by American University president, Ian Bickford, went on to advise the 600 or so students and relatives to return home.
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The email also seems to confirm reports that the United States is providing the Taliban with information regarding civilians trying to make it safely out of Afghanistan.
The American University Students encountered such an exchange, according to the New York Times who described it as “following protocol.”
The group was “alarmed,” the email from Bickford conveys, after learning the military “shared a list of names and passport information of hundreds of students and their families with the Taliban guarding the airport checkpoints.”
One student explains that they are “terrified.”
“They told us: we have given your names to the Taliban,” they revealed. “We are all terrified, there is no evacuation, there is no getting out.”
They have good reason to be concerned, the New York Times reports, noting that the Taliban posted a picture of themselves on social media standing at the entrance of a university building saying that’s where America trained infidel “wolves.”
A Taliban attack on the campus in 2016 killed 13 people, including seven students.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin has warned that terrorist groups will consider it “open season on Americans” if citizens are left behind in Afghanistan.
“For the rest of the world, our enemies, whether they’re nation states or terrorists, if we don’t get our citizens out, they’re going to say, ‘okay, it’s open season on Americans,'” he said.
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This past week, reports surfaced that the Biden administration provided the Taliban with a list of names of Americans and Afghan allies, something one official described as essentially giving them a “kill list.”
“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” one defense official told Politico. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”
The Times, as stated, has said the concept is a part of the protocol, with the President seeming to confirm as much.
“There have been occasions where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this bus is coming through … made up of the following group … let it through,” he told reporters.
“Yes, there have been occasions like that.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken outright denied the existence of such lists saying, “It’s simply not the case.”
“The idea that we shared lists of Americans or others with the Taliban is simply wrong,” he told NBC News anchor Chuck Todd.
Blinken proceeded to, after saying officials had not shared lists with the Taliban, explain exactly what was shared.
“So, in specific instances when you’re trying to get a bus or a group of people through, and you need to show a manifest to do that, because particularly in cases where people don’t have the necessary credentials on them or documents on them, then you would—you’ll share names on a list of people on the bus so they can be assured that those are people that we’re looking to bring in,” the secretary explained.
They’ll share “names on a list” – just don’t call it a list. Got it.
The New York Times explains that the focus of evacuations has shifted with the looming deadline.
“The U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan must be completed by a Tuesday deadline, so the U.S. military is turning from evacuating civilians to bringing its own personnel home,” they write.
Which would seem to indicate the American University students will remain stranded past the deadline.
Bickford urged the Biden administration to do something to help the American University student in Afghanistan.
“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,” he implored.
On Friday, conservative radio personality Glenn Beck made a startling claim that his organization is being “blocked” by the State Department in its efforts to rescue Christians from the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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