Michael B. said: Mulroy, a former CIA officer and senior official for Middle East policy at the Pentagon during the Trump administration: “Most of the men we’re tracking now are terrified even of trying to pass through Taliban checkpoints.”
“So when we’re not there, when the focus of the whole world isn’t on the Taliban, I’m not at all tempted that they will do anything but perhaps prosecute, and in many cases, execute, people who have worked closely with the United States,” Mr. Mulroy said on Saturday. .
Tens of thousands of Afghans who worked for the United States are believed to be among more than 114,400 people who have so far been evacuated from the international airport in the capital, Kabul, since August 14. Including 50 over the past day alone, most of whom hold US and Afghan passports.
The State Department said an additional 350 Americans were still waiting to be evacuated as of Saturday It is estimated that 280 others who claimed to have US citizenship indicated that they would not leave or did not adhere to it.
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The joint statement issued on Sunday is the latest in a series of diplomatic moves to force the Taliban to go after terrorists, uphold human rights and form an inclusive government after its fighters. He seized power from the country’s leaders backed by the West on August 15 Noticeable and uncomfortable shift The United States and its closest allies, who invaded Afghanistan after the attacks of September 11, 2001, considered the Taliban an enemy.
In his statement on Friday, Mr. Stanikzai, the Taliban negotiator, said, “We have no problems” with Afghans traveling abroad for medical treatment, work, education or what he vaguely described as other reasons. “No one will stop you from traveling,” he said, according to a partial transcript of his notes provided to the New York Times by a US official.
But Mr. Stanikzai said Afghan nationals first need to obtain passports from the Afghan Ministry of Interior and then try to secure visas and other travel documents approved by foreign governments before they can leave. At best, this process can take months, if not years; At worst, the Taliban will alert those who do not want to live under their rule.