- Translated by MOS Finesse Team-Gloria
- Edited by MOS- James Zobel
On September 5, Rep. McCall, the Republican Leader of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, said six planes carrying American citizens and Afghan allies stayed at the Mazar-e-Sharif Airport in northern Afghanistan for several days. The Taliban are forbidding them to take off. Rep. McCall told “Fox News Sunday” that the Taliban are currently taking the passengers on board as “hostages” and are likely to demand the US government “recognizes the legitimacy of the new Afghanistan government.” The White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for clarification on such statements but emphasized that the US government currently lacks the necessary channels to confirm relevant information.
On August 31, after the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken stated that there are still 100 to 200 American citizens stranded in Afghanistan. But according to McCall, since August 31, no American citizen has successfully left Afghanistan. If McCall’s statement is true, the United States may encounter a hostage crisis in Afghanistan.