‘Go and tell the State Department to fuck themselves’: what the Taliban said to Americans and Afghans who were shot and beaten at checkpoints while trying to escape from Kabul
- Taliban fighters ‘created as much trouble as possible’ to prevent Americans, Afghan-Americans and Afghan allies from leaving Afghanistan
- The Washington Examiner interviewed evacuees who had contacted Congressional offices for help fleeing the country
- An Afghan-American citizen recalled a Taliban guard telling him, ‘Go and tell the State Department to fuck themselves’
- That civilian and his family survived a gunfight at Kabul airport the day of the ISIS-K attack on the facility
- “I know it was stupid, but I took my chance. I ran to the soldiers. I had my passport in my hand and shouted that I am a US citizen,” he said
- Other Americans said they were shot at and beaten by Taliban fighters standing guard outside Kabul . airport
Taliban fighters “created as much trouble as possible” to prevent Americans, Afghan-Americans and Afghan allies from leaving Afghanistan before the US withdrawal on Aug. 31.
The Washington Examiner interviewed evacuees who had contacted the offices of Congress seeking help fleeing the country, including an Afghan-American citizen who had sought help from Rep. Don Bacon, a Republican from Nebraska.
That citizen had been ordered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to go to the Ministry of the Interior for help, but met a Taliban guard who told him: ‘Go and tell the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fool themselves. .’
Afghans walk past a Taliban military checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday. More anecdotes emerge about how the Taliban ‘created as much trouble as they could’ to prevent Americans, Afghan-Americans and Afghan allies from leaving the country
A group of Taliban fighters patrols the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday. Civilians who tried to leave the country told Congress offices they were shot at and beaten by Taliban fighters
The civilian, his wife and four small children reached the United States by showing up at the Kabul airport — on the same day as the ISIS-K terror attack.
During a shootout, during which guards fired at people’s feet to disperse the crowd, he told the examiner he was fleeing.
“I know it was stupid, but I took my chance. I ran to the soldiers. I had my passport in my hand and shouted that I am an American citizen.’
Another US citizen in Kabul also reported being shot at by the Taliban at the airport.
The civilian was on the phone with Bacon’s Deputy Chief of Staff Felix Ungerman, a retired Air Force colonel.
‘He says, ‘Oh my god, he shoots.’ And I said, “Please get out of there, get to safety,” Ungerman told The Examiner. his cell phone every few hours to see if I could get it, tried an email, texted him.”
Ungerman heard nothing from the citizen for days.
‘[H]He texted me back and said, “Yeah, I’m fine, but what do I do now?” I’m like, “You get to a safe place and you stay there until we can — our government can provide some solutions to help you,” Ungerman said.
A major problem, the Examiner reported, was that members of the Taliban would not let Afghan Americans through, even if they arrived at the Kabul airport with their blue American passports.
And another source told the publication about a group of American citizens coming to the airport – the Taliban let only a few people through, before beating the rest and firing gunshots over their heads.
The U.S. government estimates that there are only 100 or 200 Americans left in Afghanistan, but Senate Republicans — led by Senator Tom Cotton — demanded Thursday to know how many Americans, Green Card holders and those eligible for special benefits. immigrant visas were left behind.
On Wednesday, a State Department official said a “majority” of SIV applicants will not leave Afghanistan before the US withdraws.