US President Joe Biden said on Friday that his administration would do “whatever needs to be done” to help evacuate American citizens from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s* capture of power on 15 August. Critics say he is not trying enough.
A Washington Post reporter revealed that she and her Afghan colleagues were able to safely escape Afghanistan thanks to British troops, as US forces have been failing to go beyond the boundaries of Kabul Airport to assist with evacuation efforts.
In a new article that followed her escape from the country, American journalist Susannah George said that her team was safely transported to the airport in armoured cars, as the UK blocked off the road from the Taliban to ensure a safe passage.
Reaching Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport proved to be “the most difficult” for her team and their families amid “crumbling” security, the senior reporter said.
“Our chances of making it through the gate safely and then onto the plane were slim”, George wrote.
The group eventually managed to get through the checkpoint thanks to the British military and escape to Qatar in a US military plane for future relocation. The reporter added that the family of her lucky Afghan colleague Tassal later flew to the US.
‘No System’ to Get People Inside the Airport
On Friday, just few days after George escaped Afghanistan, Joe Biden signalled that the US “will do whatever” is necessary to help American citizens get to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai…