1) Taliban Reportedly Holding Evacuation Flights ‘Hostage’
The Topline: According to multiple reports, six evacuation flights full of Afghans who’d worked with the U.S. during the war are being held up by the Taliban at an airport in Northern Afghanistan.
Quote of the day: “The Taliban will not let them leave the airport… They’re going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan.”
–Rep. Michael McCaul, Member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee
Following the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, a growing number of NGO’s and other private organizations have stepped up their efforts to evacuate Americans, green card holders, and vulnerable Afghans.
One group, PlanB, had reportedly organized six charter flights out of Mazar-e Sharif airport in the northern part of the country. However, shortly before the planes were set to depart, the Taliban intervened and held them up.
<img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-283682" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-283682" src="https://www.dailywire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Taliban-3.jpg" alt="KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – SEPTEMBER 02: Taliban members set checkpoints around Hamid Karzai