State Department believes ‘majority’ of Afghan partners left behind

State Department believes ‘majority’ of Afghan partners left behind

[Ed. – Ahem. Biden already pronounced the withdrawal to be an ‘extraordinary success.’]

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team believes that “the majority” of Afghan nationals who worked with the U.S. government were left behind due to the difficulty of identifying Americans and eligible Afghans in the midst of a hectic and dangerous evacuation effort from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“It involved some really painful trade-offs and choices for everyone involved,” a senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday. “Everybody who lived it is haunted by the choices we had to make.”…

Blinken’s team has emphasized that “many thousands” of Afghans who worked with American and allied forces were evacuated. But U.S. officials are uncertain about how many of those people, who would be eligible for special issuance visas, remain in the country despite a massive evacuation effort that was complicated by the presence of the Taliban. …

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