“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.”
Congressman Michael McCaul (R-Tx) on the Taliban reportedly stopping Americans and Afghan interpreters from evacuating Afghanistan.
sep 7, 2021
- Congressman McCaul, the highest ranking Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, said six planes were halted from taking off from Afghanistan.
- An Afghan official, speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, said four planes were not allowed to depart because the passengers did not have the right paperwork.
- Why It Matters: Different estimates exist about precisely how many Americans and their families remain in Afghanistan and how the Taliban will handle those who want to leave.