DHS grounds 100-plus Americans, green card holders in UAE after Afghan evac

DHS grounds 100-plus Americans, green card holders in UAE after Afghan evac


More than 100 American citizens and green card holders who escaped from Afghanistan — including dozens of children — are under police watch in the United Arab Emirates after the US on Tuesday denied their flight landing rights.

Bryan Stern, a founder of the nonprofit Project Dynamo, told Reuters that his group chartered a plane to evacuate the 117 people — including 59 children — after convincing the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority to let them leave following last month’s deadly Taliban takeover.

The evacuees landed at the Abu Dhabi airport on a chartered Kam Air flight and were supposed to be transferred to another plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines that had been cleared to land at New York’s JFK Airport, Stern said late Tuesday night.

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But DHS changed that clearance to Dulles International Airport, outside Washington, DC, before denying it permission to land anywhere in the US, Stern said from inside the Kam Air plane.

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