1,500 Americans Still in Afghanistan with 5 Days Left to Withdraw

The deadline for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan is just 5 days away. Lawmakers are asking questions of the Biden Administration about what is next for US involvement there. Some have expressed security concerns with the vetting system for Afghans arriving in the US. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he’s worried about America’s safety, and points to intelligence reports he’s read showing Afghans evacuated early on were not interpreters for American soldiers, or those who helped us on the battlefield. He would like all evacuees to be vetted at a third party location outside the US. Former Army Ranger, Representative Jason Crow served two tours in Afghanistan and says the US has to stand by a Special Immigrant Visa agreement for Afghans passed by Congress a few weeks ago. Some 1,500 American citizens are still in Afghanistan and about a third of those have been in contact with the US government, according to the state department. As of Thursday morning, about 82,300 people have been evacuated since the Taliban took control of the country. Many members of Congress are looking for answers from the Biden Administration over its withdrawal strategy and are demanding top leaders testify. Capitol Hill Correspondent, Erik Rosales reports.

 

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