The State Division mentioned on Sunday that it was unable to verify or deny a declare by Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Tx.) that the Taliban is refusing to let six American planes depart Afghanistan, loaded with Americans and their allies.
The State Division spokesperson mentioned it doesn’t have the “dependable means” to verify the declare “as a result of it has no info on the bottom about constitution flights following the U.S. navy withdrawal from the nation,” in line with The Hill.
McCaul mentioned the Taliban is “holding them hostage for calls for proper now,” although he did not clarify what they had been in search of. He mentioned, nonetheless, the flights had been cleared by the State Division.
“Given these constraints, we additionally shouldn’t have a dependable means to verify the essential particulars of constitution flights, together with who could also be organizing them, the variety of U.S. residents and different precedence teams on-board, the accuracy of the remainder of the manifest, and the place they plan to land, amongst many different points,” the spokesperson instructed The Hill.
“We perceive the priority that many individuals are feeling as they attempt to facilitate additional constitution and different passage out of Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.
The spokesperson mentioned the State Division would nonetheless “maintain the Taliban to its pledge to let individuals freely depart Afghanistan.”