U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted that only about 100 Americans remain trapped in Afghanistan early this week, two days after much larger estimates surfaced.
Echoing figures offered by President Joe Biden about a week earlier, Blinken told reporters in Qatar on Tuesday:
We believe the number of those who have American citizenship, many of them dual-nationals, who remain in Afghanistan is somewhere around a hundred. We’re in direct contact with virtually all of them. We have case management teams assigned to them to make sure that those who want to leave can, in fact, do so.
We are working around the clock to help U.S. citizens, to help lawful permanent residents, to help at-risk Afghans to whom we have a special commitment depart Afghanistan if they so choose. And we’ve successfully done that already, and we’re in continuous contact with American citizens who remain in