The Taliban is reportedly not allowing flights carrying American citizens and green card holders to leave Afghanistan.
CBS News reported that, according to congressional and NGO sources, “multiple planes that are ready to take American citizens and green card holders out of the country are being denied permission to leave by the Taliban.”
A State Department email viewed by CBS News said that the flights out of Afghanistan have permission to land in Qatar “if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff.”
A senior congressional source told CBS News, “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans.”
“The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans,” a senior congressional source told CBS News. 3/
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“The group Ascend, an NGO that teaches young women leadership through athletics, told CBS News they have two planes that have been waiting for six days ready to take between 600 and 1200 people