The nightmare reality of American civilians along with Afghan loyalists stranded in the capital city of Kabul, surrounded by thousands of Taliban fighters should send shockwaves throughout America. Indeed, around the world.
American citizens and Afghan loyalists lucky enough to have made it to the Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport can at least breathe a temporary sigh of relief knowing that approximately 4,500 U.S. troops are stationed at the airport. They are helping to process their paperwork and evacuate as many Americans and Afghan loyalists as quickly as possible before the August 31st deadline.
However, what about those individuals stranded in the interior of the country, unable to reach the safety of the airport or provide the necessary paperwork to exit the country?
One of those individuals appeared early Wednesday morning on “Fox & Friends,” pleading for President Biden to help the thousands of Afghans who risked their lives helping the U.S., and are now being targeted by the Taliban for execution.
Haroon, who did not give his last name, said at least 80% of Afghan loyalists at the airport have their paperwork that proves they worked with the U.S. during the war, however are fearful that the Taliban also at the airport are closely monitoring all who approach the area where U.S. troops are stationed.
“The Taliban are right there seeing them every day with their paperwork. When (the US) leave, they can one by one get them out of their home and kill them,” Haroon said. He added, “We all know what’s going to happen… when America leaves Afghanistan.”
According to Fox News, Haroon went to Afghanistan in June to help care for his sick father.
In a direct appeal to Biden, Haroon emotionally begged the president saying; “My message to Biden, help them, please, take them all out. Don’t leave them.”
Haroon said he is desperately trying to get his family out and acknowledged that he was putting his life at risk by speaking out, “I want the world to hear my voice. We need immediate help.”
Haroon’s difficult situation is similar to that of New York resident Faziya Nematy who traveled to Kabul last month with her family to visit her brother.
Speaking to news outlet WRBG, Nematly exclaimed; “I, myself, am stuck here. I’m a US citizen, can’t even get out, have my kids here.” He added, “As I’m talking to you, my body is just shivering, and it’s like I’m in a panic.”
On Monday, a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter urging the White House to streamline the evacuation process as quickly as possible in getting out female Afghan activists and politicians targeted for retribution by the Taliban.
The letter was signed by 43 Democrats and 3 Republicans calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to immediately create a “humanitarian parole category specifically for those women who will most likely be targeted by the Taliban.”
The latter stated, “We are gravely concerned about the safety of women leaders, activists, and judges, parliamentarians, and human rights defenders. The shocking violence and alleged atrocities occurring have caused mass displacement which, during a global pandemic and severe drought, has created a major humanitarian crisis.”
CNN reporter responds to Biden saying Afghanistan withdrawal was not a “failure.”— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 19, 2021
“A lot of people outside that airport…would like to know: If this isn’t failure, what does failure look like exactly?” pic.twitter.com/SHaT9ePoJs
The airport is currently surrounded by thousands of Taliban fighters. However, inside the terminal an equal number of armed U.S. military personal are guarding the terminal protecting thousands of Americans and Afghans desperate to leave making for a surreal and dangerous environment.
However, a duel State Department and Pentagon press conference is warning Americans and Afghan loyalists stranded at the airport and within the interior of the country, their safety may be at risk, moreover those who are not physically at the airport are on their own.