President Joe Biden and his top officials, including his military commanders, have been all over the place when questioned about how many Americans might still be stranded in the Taliban-controlled country of Afghanistan.
According to Breitbart, new numbers reported by the Associated Press over the weekend tell a vastly different story than what we’ve been told by the Biden administration, as new estimates suspect some 500 Americans are still trapped, which is far greater than the 100 previously reported by the White House.
Not only are there “closer to 500” Americans stranded in Afghanistan, according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), but if the family members of those Americans are taken into account, the total could well be 1000 or more.
“Unless we continue and get the rest of our American citizens, and all those otherwise eligible out, we won’t have done our job,” Issa told the Associated Press Sunday.
Mike Jason, the leader of a private rescue group known as Allied Airlift 21, bolstered Issa’s claims, telling the AP that he’s already been in touch with at least 78 green card holders, but added, “that the figure does not capture the scale of the problem. Add their spouses and children to the tally, he said, and the number rises to nearly 400.”
Those behind another rescue effort known as Digital Dunkirk revealed that a number of Americans who have contacted the organization for help admitted that they weren’t registered with the U.S. embassy in Kabul, meaning that Biden’s estimates are undoubtedly much lower than what’s being reported.
“I expect that number to rise significantly,” said Digital Dunkirk leader Alex Plitsas.
Possible hostage situation
Adding to the situation unfolding on the ground in Afghanistan with the trapped Americans and their families is the real possibility that they soon find themselves in a hostage situation, as CBS News reported that a number of charter flights with Americans are being prevented from take-off, The Daily Wire reported.
“Multiple planes that are ready to take American citizens and green card holders out of the country are being denied permission to leave by the Taliban,” both congressional and NGO sources told the outlet.
According to a bombshell tweet from CBS correspondent Christina Ruffini, congressional sources also told CBS News, “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans.”
Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) previously stated that he believes Americans will be held hostage in Kabul as a form of leverage that Taliban leaders can use to squeeze the U.S. government.
McCaul said during a recent Fox News interview, “And that’s my concern is they’re going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan.”