Top U.S. Lawmaker: Taliban Is Holding Stranded American Citizens ‘Hostage For Demands Right Now’

Top U.S. Lawmaker: Taliban Is Holding Stranded American Citizens ‘Hostage For Demands Right Now’


Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said during an interview on Sunday that the Taliban is effectively holding American citizens hostage in Afghanistan by not allowing several airplanes to leave.

McCaul’s remarks come after the Biden administration has faced widespread criticism for its hasty pullout from Afghanistan, which left hundreds of Americans and thousands of allies and SIV applicants stranded.

“Since we pulled out, how many Afghan allies have gotten out since the Taliban was in complete control of the country?” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked.

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“Zero,” McCaul responded. “And, in fact, we have six airplanes at Mazar Sharif Airport, six airplanes with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now. They — we — the state has cleared these flights and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport. So, I’m sorry, the answer to your question is

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