As the U.S. military and State Department hurried to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul’s airport, Taliban checkpoints shut many individuals off from freedom and safety—and reports on the ground suggest the terrorists are summarily murdering civilians.
Nasria, a pregnant California resident, arrived in Afghanistan in June to visit family and marry. According to a report, she was still one of the estimated 100 to 200 Americans left behind in the chaotic evacuation of US forces as of early September, Fox News reported.
She told Voice of America that now after the U.S. forces have gone, the Taliban is “hunting Americans.”
“Apparently they’re [the Taliban] going door-to-door … trying to see if anybody has a blue passport,” Nasria said.
Nasria and her husband, an Afghan national, rushed to the overcrowded and chaotic Kabul airport in an attempt to flee as the country fell to the Taliban.
During an appearance on Fox News last week, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been battling to rescue Americans still in Afghanistan, said Nasria had been kicked in the stomach by Taliban fighters.
“Anyone who says there aren’t people stranded is wrong,” Issa claimed during the broadcast.
After her flight to return to the U.S. was canceled, she claims the U.S. State Department promised her, “You will get picked up.”
She stated she and her husband tried for 12 to 13 hours to travel to the specified location, but the Taliban stopped them at gunpoint despite showing them her U.S. passport.
“Our troops were literally at the gate just waiting for us to continue walking and they had blocked us,” she said.
She walked as fast as she could past Taliban security forces, but they “started shooting right by my leg and told me to come back or they will shoot me.”
Her husband pleaded with the Taliban to let her leave without him, but she refused, admitting that she is pregnant.
“My child is going to need a father and I’m going to need a husband by my side,” she said.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup, an Ohio Republican and Army Reserve officer, cited bipartisan legislation approved a few months ago to reduce the red tape U.S. allies would face in securely leaving the nation as the American military withdrew. But thousands of people were left stranded as a result of the hasty withdrawal.
“I find it hard to believe that our military and intelligence community would have recommended it this way,” he said, faulting the Biden administration’s leadership.
Ryan Rogers, a retired Marine sergeant, also claimed the government could have devised a plan to protect Americans and friends before the Taliban controlled Kabul.
The Biden administration has been chastised not just for the quick withdrawal and evacuation attempts that led troops to the bombing that killed 13 Americans but also for leaving Americans behind as the last plane took off on Tuesday.
Despite all of this, Biden described it as an “extraordinary success.”