The Taliban reportedly agreed on Thursday to allow some 200 Americans and other foreign citizens to depart from Kabul on chartered flights to Qatar.
A U.S. official told Reuters the agreement to let the foreigners leave was brokered by U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad. The official “could not say” if these are some of the same people stranded for several days in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif because their private charter planes were not allowed to depart.
Several private rescue operations complained on Monday that the Biden State Department was as much of an obstacle for getting planes out of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul as the Taliban.
Among those critics was Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who said he was “furious” at the Biden administration for blocking his attempt to get two planeloads of “American citizens, at-risk Afghan allies, and their families” out of Mazar-i-Sharif.