State Dept. won’t give private rescue flights OK to leave Afghanistan

State Dept. won’t give private rescue flights OK to leave Afghanistan


The State Department said it will not formally approve the departure of chartered planes from Afghanistan carrying Americans and allies — complicating efforts by private citizens to complete the evacuation of the left-behind, according to an email obtained by Fox News.

In a Sept. 1 email to attorney Eric Montalvo, a former US Marine who has organized a series of evacuation flights, a State Department official acknowledged that any flights taking Afghan refugees to Europe or the Middle East for initial processing “may require some indication from the USG [US government] that we ‘approve’ of this charter flight” in order to land.

The email continued: “DOS [State Department] will not provide an approval, but we will provide a ‘no objection’ to the destination country government via the U.S. Embassy in that country.”

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The New York Times reported last week that Montalvo’s law firm had chartered a flight for 300 people from Afghanistan that landed in

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