Blinken Insists Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan 'Were Extraordinary' Despite Americans Left Behind

Blinken Insists Evacuation Efforts in Afghanistan 'Were Extraordinary' Despite Americans Left Behind


Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised the Biden administration’s evacuation efforts in Afghanistan as “extraordinary” this week even as Americans remained stranded in the country now ruled by a Taliban interim government as a sharia-compliant Islamic emirate.

During an interview with Afghanistan’s independent TOLO News early this week, Blinken declared:

The evacuation effort was extraordinary, and overall almost 125,000 people were evacuated in a very short period of time under incredibly difficult conditions.”

And when it came to American citizens in Afghanistan, we evacuated nearly 6,000, virtually all of those who had identified themselves to us as American citizens and who wished to leave.

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There remains a small number who apparently still wish to leave, and we are absolutely committed to helping them do so, along with other Afghans who worked with us over the years who may be at risk.

Blinken’s comments came in response to TOLO

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