President Joe Biden made a decision that some say could endanger the lives of American citizens looking to flee Afghanistan amid a Taliban takeover.
According to Politico, the president handed over to the Taliban a list of names of people who the U.S. was looking to evacuate from the Central Asian country.
“The fall of Kabul”
The move reportedly came soon after the Taliban took Kabul.
“After the fall of Kabul, in the earliest days of the evacuation, the joint U.S. military and diplomatic coordination team at the airport provided the Taliban with a list of people the U.S. aimed to evacuate,” Politico reported Thursday.
The list, according to the outlet, “included Afghans who served alongside the U.S. during the 20-year war and sought special immigrant visas to America.”
Politico added: “U.S. citizens, dual nationals and lawful permanent residents were also listed.”
The “kill list”
Biden and his administration have tried to claim that giving this list to the Taliban was necessary based on the circumstances. The White House argued that those looking to escape Afghanistan had to get through the terror group, and that the Taliban would be more likely to let Americans enter the airport if they had al ist of names.
But given the Taliban’s track record — which, as Politico reports, includes “a history of brutally murdering Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. and other coalition forces during the conflict” — many are questioning whether Biden made the right move. Speaking with Politico, one unnamed official called Biden’s roster of names “a kill list.”
“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” the official reportedly said. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”
The withdrawal continues
The news of Biden’s list to the Taliban came the same day that bombings at the airport in Kabul took the lives of at least 13 U.S. service members and injured another 18, according to the Washington Post.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the bombings, Breitbart reported Thursday. Still, questions about the potential involvement of the Taliban in the attacks remain.
In the meantime, evacuations from Afghanistan have resumed. To this point, nearly 50,000 Americans have been flown out of the country, according to CNBC, but some 1,000 are said to remain there as the U.S. completes its total military withdrawal.