A state department official has spoken out about experiences regarding the evacuation of people from Afghanistan over the past several weeks, according to a report.
The official said they did not have a specific count of the Afghan Special Immigrant (SIV) applicants and family members who did not make it onto evacuation flights, “but I would say it’s the majority of them, just based on anecdotal information about the populations we were able to support.”
More broadly, the official described an evacuation effort confronted by numerous challenges — one that left US officials who worked on the ground “haunted by the choices we had to make and by the people we were not able to help depart in this first phase of the operation.”
“It wasn’t pretty. It was very challenging,” the senior official noted, “and it involved some, some really painful trade-offs and choices for everyone involved.”
The official described the process of the evacuation and how it progressed over time,