Americans stranded in Afghanistan are asked to make their way to the airport gradually


Americans stranded in Afghanistan are being asked to make their way to the airport gradually

But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not send anyone to accompany them, and the Taliban controls the city.

Afghan allies and people on US planes have to bypass Taliban fighters to reach the airport.

Their only guarantee of safety is a promise from Taliban leaders that they will not interfere.

Defense officials claimed on Tuesday that they would carry 5,000 to 9,000 passengers on US planes each day.

But only 1,400 have been deported in the three days since the Taliban took control of Kabul on Sunday.

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Bush's assistant. Secretary of State Robert Charles said between 15,000 and 40,000 Americans are stranded.

John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN that between 5,000 and 10,000 US citizens are in Kabul alone. Still, Charles said there are thousands more in other districts in Herat, Kandahar, and Jalalabad.

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More than 11,000 Americans stranded in Afghanistan have been asked to make their way to Kabul airport by themselves, past Taliban checkpoints, without any help from the military.

The State Department refuses to take Americans stranded in Kabul to the airport and instead asks them to make their way there, following the Taliban - unless they deem it "unsafe" to do so.

There are thousands of American citizens stranded in Afghanistan waiting for evacuation flights home. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki put the figure at least 11,000 on Tuesday afternoon.

The number includes US journalists, contractors, NGO workers, diplomats, and government employees who remained in Kabul, which the Taliban seized on Sunday.

There is now a frantic rush to get everyone out, along with 22,000 Afghan applicants for a special benefit visa that the United States says will help them, and countless Afghans are desperately hoping to travel anywhere.

On Tuesday, the State Department began sending notices to stranded Americans telling them to arrive at the airport, but they could not guarantee their safety.

But she warned in large and bold letters: "Please be aware that the United States government cannot guarantee your security while traveling on this flight."

The only guarantee of safety comes from the Taliban's words that they let people pass, and there are reports on the ground that some people have been blocked.

Their words are only worth their words. "We'll see if they follow through," State Department spokesman Ned Price said of the Taliban's promises on Tuesday.

Then he said if anyone doesn't feel they can get there safely, they shouldn't.

We tell them to surround our communications that their safety should be their top priority. If they feel it is unsafe to make their way to the airport, they should not seek to do so.

On Tuesday, US Central Command, General Frank McKenzie, said that the airport is safe and operates with US flights.

But outside the airport walls, the Taliban control Kabul.

The only guarantee of people's safety is the Taliban's assurances of a two-week grace period for peace, and many of them on the ground - mainly Afghan nationals who may have helped in the US military operation over the past 20 years and now need to get it. He. She. They get out before the Taliban can punish them for it - too afraid to expose themselves at checkpoints to allow them safe passage.

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