According to a stunning new report from GOP Senator Tom Cotton’s office numerous American citizens are now stranded behind enemy lines in Taliban-occupied Kabul with no way to escape having been told by the Biden Administration to merely ‘shelter in place.’
Latest security alert from US Embassy in Kabul: "We are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has suspended consular operations effective immediately. Do not come to the Embassy or airport at this time." pic.twitter.com/U81fjEsXNx
— Dion Nissenbaum (@DionNissenbaum) August 15, 2021
As The Daily Caller reports:
Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton called on “stranded” Americans in Kabul, Afghanistan, to contact his office for assistance Sunday during the Taliban’s continuous takeover of the country.
The Taliban, a radical Islamic force that formerly ruled the nation, entered Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, Sunday after former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. The White House announced on Aug. 14 that President Joe Biden’s administration made the decision to deploy 5,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan to assist the personnel in evacuating the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
If you’re an American stranded in Afghanistan, or know one who is, please contact my office immediately:
(501) 223-9081 or
The situation is dire, but we’ll do everything in our power to help keep you informed and to help get you out.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 15, 2021
Several U.S. citizens informed Cotton’s office that they were trapped behind Taliban checkpoints in Kabul and said that they cannot “safely reach the U.S. perimeter and have no clear option of what to do,” according to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times.
Cotton spokesman says that their office has heard from multiple US citizens in Kabul trapped behind Taliban checkpoints, who can’t safely reach the US perimeter and have no clear option for what to do. https://t.co/rY5QTSPLKd
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 16, 2021
Due to an erupted gunfire at the Kabul airport, all commercial travel had been canceled throughout the day, causing the embassy to order everyone to shelter in place and avoid airports, The Associated Press reported. Helicopters landed at the embassy to rush diplomats to a new outpost at the airport and continued all evacuations on military flights.
With time running out to evacuate US citizens, the US may be soon facing a hostage crisis or potentially much worse if those trapped behind Taliban lines aren’t rescued soon.