July 7, 2022

State Department believes more than 300 Americans still trapped in Afghanistan almost two months after withdrawal

According to a recent report, there are more than 350 Americans believed to still be trapped in Afghanistan, which is significantly more than what the Biden Administration previously estimated. 

Breitbart News reported that the Biden administration’s own State Department has put the actual number of Americans stranded behind Taliban-controlled lines at 363. 

The State Department offered information about the stranded Americans to congressional staff on Thursday, saying in their report that of the 363 Americans in jihadist-controlled territory, they can confirm that at least 176 of them want to come back to the United States. 

Americans following the case here in the states might be surprised to hear the updated figure, considering that Secretary of State Antony Blinken was firm last month when he insisted that only around 100 Americans were left in the Middle East country:

“We believe the number of those who have American citizenship, many of them dual-nationals, who remain in Afghanistan is somewhere around a hundred,” he told reporters in Qatar in September, claiming the department to be in “direct contact with virtually all of them.”

As the State Department turned it’s attention to other issues of importance to the administration, such as International Pronouns Day, some Republicans have been skeptical that there was adequate support to Americans that wish to escape the terrorist-controlled country. 

Among those questioning politicians was Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) who has consistently told reporters he believes the real number of Americans in Afghanistan is close to 500. 

“The State Department can’t just say off the record to Congressional staff that they’ve been lying from day one about the number of American citizens they stranded in Afghanistan,” he said in reaction to the State Department’s latest numbers. 

Earlier this month, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) called out the Department of State for a botched plan of escape for Americans that lead to the deaths of two American toddlers. 

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