Top Republican claims there is an American hostage crisis in Afghanistan

A hostage situation appears to be unfolding in Afghanistan with regard to the Americans still stuck in the terrorist-controlled country.

According to the Daily Mail, reports indicate that Taliban leaders are preventing planes with American citizens on board from leaving the country. 

The unsettling situation was revealed on Sunday by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).

“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,” McCaul revealed during a recent appearance on Fox News.

Planes stuck for days

According to McCaul, the situation has been going on for several days, and as for why the planes are being prevented from taking off, McCaul said that it is his concern the Taliban is “going to demand more and more, whether it be cash or legitimacy as the government of Afghanistan.”

“We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange,” McCaul said.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also published a tweet on Sunday with his thoughts on the developing crisis.

“Joe Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan,” Cruz wrote. “Members of Congress, including me and my office, have been working around the clock to get them out – and for days Biden’s State Dept. couldn’t even get out of its own way. Now there are deeply disturbing reports of a hostage crisis.”

“Holding them hostage”

In addition to what McCaul and Cruz had to say, CBS News also reported on the situation. The outlet, more or less, confirmed what the two Republican congressmen said.

CBS News said that it spoke with NGO and congressional sources, adding that reporters for the outlet read emails between the State Department and members of Congress concerning the situation. A senior congressional source is reported to have said, “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans.”

Tragically, this is where we now find ourselves as the result of President Joe Biden’s leadership, with America facing a potentially deadly hostage situation, and the Taliban clearly have the upper hand.

Sean Parnell, an Afghan veteran and U.S. Senate candidate, summed up his take on the situation in a recent tweet:

There is now an American hostage crisis in Afghanistan because [Biden] decided it was more important to honor a commitment to the Taliban to leave by 31 August rather than evacuate American citizens. Just an unbelievable betrayal of our people.

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