Biden administration officials are reportedly at a loss for what to do in response to the current “hostage” situation in Afghanistan, telling reporters they “do not control the airspace” as several planes holding Americans have been prevented by the Taliban from leaving the country.
What’s the background?
News surfaced on Sunday that as many as six planes holding American citizens have been stranded at the Mazar-i-Sharif international airport for days as Taliban leaders seek to extract concessions from the U.S. government before allowing them to leave.
In a document sent to members of Congress over the weekend, the State Department said the flights have been cleared to depart for Doha, Qatar, and will do so “if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff.”
“The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans,” a congressional source told CBS News.
It’s the latest blunder in the administration’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan late last month, which concluded with hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan nationals still stranded in the Taliban-controlled country.