Defense Secretary Austin: Cannot ‘Confirm Or Deny’ There Are Thousands Of Americans Left In Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Austin: Cannot ‘Confirm Or Deny’ There Are Thousands Of Americans Left In Afghanistan


Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin refused to confirm or deny reports that there are still thousands of Americans awaiting evacuation from Afghanistan following the United States military’s withdrawal but said it is his “personal belief” that the number is much lower.

The United States is slowly negotiating the safe passage of hundreds of Americans still trapped in Afghanistan and looking to leave, though the Biden administration State Department has been loathe to given an exact number of Americans who were in Kabul before coalition troops pulled out, as well as a number of how many American citizens have been evacuated from the country now in Taliban hands.

The numbers range from the low hundreds to the low thousands, and Austin was asked, in his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on the Afghan withdrawal, whether there are 4,000 Americans still biding their time behind enemy lines.

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“Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Tuesday he cannot ‘confirm or deny’ that there are 4,000

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