What will stranded Americans do?
The Taliban is reportedly not allowing flights carrying American citizens and green card holders to leave Afghanistan.
CBS News reported that, according to congressional and NGO sources, “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.”
A State Department email viewed by CBS News said that the flights out of Afghanistan have permission to land in Qatar “if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff.”
A senior congressional source told CBS News, “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans.”
“The group Ascend, an NGO that teaches young women leadership through athletics, told CBS News they have two planes that have been waiting for six days ready to take between 600 and 1200 people — including 19 American citizens and two permanent residents,” the report added. “The planes are not currently loaded. The passengers are being held nearby, because the Taliban won’t let them into the airport, according to a senior congressional source.”