The planes repeatedly left Kabul with empty seats during the flight, yet more than 100 Americans and perhaps more than 100,000 Afghan allies were eventually stranded in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials barred some pre-determined Afghans, some U.S. residents, from boarding the plane, including credible documents, while others were allowed to do things that were not verified, international aid experts told Fox News.
“People were misunderstanding, but working in very difficult situations,” John Sifton, Human Rights Watch’s Asia advocacy director, told Fox News.
International aid experts told Fox News that the Kabul airport was flooded by people trying to flee the country, causing severe chaos and that US officials made mistakes when reviewing documents.
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“The US government had no plans to do so,” Howie Lind, president of the International Stability Operations Association, told Fox News. “It just turned into this stalemate – no one entered, no one did.”
According to experts, President Biden’s order, along with the Taliban’s unexpected occupation of Afghanistan, was the primary reason for the rush, according to experts.
And since the flight ended, there have been reports of male refugees sexually abusing child brides, probably married at the last minute in a desperate attempt to flee the country. Others were flagged off after being disqualified from entering the United States, some were tall at military bases abroad.
Many renegade Afghan allies, meanwhile, are hiding from the Taliban.
“When we don’t have a game plan, it’s a prime example of what it looks like when we make it fast and loose,” New Mexico Republican Rep. Yvette Harel told Fox News.
‘Direct points to the Commander-in-Chief’
Biden’s two major decisions, mixed with the Taliban’s sudden occupation of Kabul, led to crowds and consequent chaos at the city’s airports: failure to plan to remove potential Taliban targets and abandonment of Bagram air base.
Harel said the chaos “points directly to the Commander-in-Chief, the lack of leadership, the lack of a game plan.”
Representative Peter Maeger, who traveled to Kabul by air, said Biden had repeatedly called on the administration to set up a plan to remove Afghan interpreters, ignoring senior groups who risked their lives to help the US military fight the Taliban.
The Michigan Republican told Fox News, “It’s thousands of people … that we should have removed from April when a bipartisan group of my colleagues in the House called on the administration to remove the backlog.”
Daniel Rund, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Fox News that the administration believes a transfer was not a priority because the Taliban’s occupation would not be immediate.
“There was also the idea that … we could take our sweet time,” Rund told Fox News. “There was also some hesitation in the Biden administration.”
He added that the administration saw the need to keep experienced Afghans in control of the country.
“If everyone leaves Afghanistan, who will run the country?” Runde said. “We need people to run the government, provide services and fight.”
“Do we really want all these people to be angry?” He continued.
In the end, it means that when it became clear that the Taliban would occupy Kabul, a significant number of people suddenly became desperate to leave Afghanistan.
“The plane is happening faster than expected,” Sifton told Fox News. “Although many predicted the collapse, the impending fall, I think the speed surprised almost everyone, even the Taliban.”
Since the United States abandoned Bagram, the shaking of the Taliban across the country has meant that Kabul airport is the only real way to escape in the face of land-related dangers.
Bagram “It was the easiest way to get rid of American citizens as well as allies, ”Lind said Fox told the news.
“With the fall of Kabul on August 15, it turned into a huge hysteria where people tried to get out,” he said.
‘Tragedy almost every hour’
According to international aid experts, U.S. officials faced crowds of people trying to remove them as they tried to change the list of approved names for the airlift.
“What was happening was the general chaos of the bureaucracy under the pressure of the huge crisis,” Sifton told Fox News. “People at checkpoints haven’t slept well for days, can’t read names correctly or can’t read the first name as a last name.”
As a result, according to Sifton and Lind, some who were eligible for eviction were barred from the aircraft, while others who were not allowed were allowed.
“Some people were passing randomly that weren’t cleared, and then others who were cleared couldn’t pass,” Lind told Fox News. “It was just chaos.”
And Sifton said: “Every day there was a tragedy almost every hour. Not just the registered – the tragedy of the people on the plane – but the unregistered or the families being separated and some people being admitted, others not.”
Crowds of people trying to escape also created challenges for people.
Even after the Taliban have crossed the checkpost, the repatriates have to “cross the army and the crowd” which “sometimes takes people hours, in some cases a few days, to push themselves in front of this chaotic line,” Major told Fox News.
“It was an incredibly dangerous and chaotic scene,” he said.
“If you have a young family member, if you are not in a position where you can wait for the day or push through the crowd or you are being given conflicting instructions … getting to the actual verification stage at the gate became very challenging,” Meizer said. .
Additionally, crowds at the airport make it the main target of ISIS attacks.
“Before the eviction began, we were told they had seen every possible scene,” Harel told Fox News. “Obviously they didn’t. If they had, our 13 Gold Star families wouldn’t be without a reason.”
‘Plane flew with empty seats’
Mistakes by U.S. officials mean that minimally screened Afghans are removed from planes, while those who have already been screened, including U.S. residents with green cards, are barred from leaving.
“There was no opportunity to screen,” Runde said. “It was a chaotic process.”
“A few apples are going to be apples,” he said, noting that the fact that they were caught indicates that tests are underway.
A single anonymous source told Politico in August that 705 of the more than 120,000 repatriates were special visa holders who had been pre-screened. The Department of Defense denied the claim, but did not provide its own breach.
Customs and Border Protection, as well as other U.S. agencies, were investigating reports that older men were using their underage wife, Yahoo! September News. News reported.
In addition, more than 40 Afghans have been identified as potential national security risks, the Washington Post reported Sept. 10 – at the beginning of the screening process.
Some examples could be false flags, such as the Michigan Republican Major, when a refugee shares the same name as an actual security risk. These examples can be quickly cleared by comparing them to other information, such as their age.
Nevertheless, both Major and Harrell have sent separate letters to the Biden administration requesting more information about the screening process for Afghan refugees.
Additionally, an investigation was launched shortly after her interview with Fox News at a refugee complex in Herrell district recently, when a Solidar said she was sexually abused by Afghans.
Before the rigorous screening, Afghans presented another challenge by plane: what to do with refugees deemed ineligible to enter the United States?
Sifton said if U.S. officials miss the flag, they should be allowed to enter the U.S. unless they pose a security threat.
“Such things will happen and there will be hard truths about what should be done in that case,” he told Fox News. “If it’s wrong on the part of the United States, you have to eat it.”
“If they’re not a security risk or something like that, I think the United States has to accept someone because they have no chance of going anywhere else,” he added.
But according to international aid experts, others may need to be resettled in countries willing to accept such refugees. Eventually, a few Afghans may be stuck indefinitely at U.S. military bases abroad, as officials decide what can be done with them.
In other cases, the Afghans were mistakenly left behind.
A resident of Arlington, Virginia, visiting his hometown, for example, could not pass the crowd. Her two children were almost trampled.
“What does this green card mean?” Javed Habibi, who contacted the U.S. government during the eviction, told the Associated Press. “Nothing. They did nothing.”
He and his family, along with a U.S.-born daughter, were stranded after the U.S. withdrawal was completed.
The Biden administration says many Americans left behind in Afghanistan have voluntarily stayed behind. Many, however, remained because family members, sometimes elderly or ill, could not fly with them.
“The planes repeatedly flew with empty seats,” Sifton told Fox News. “So it’s not like it’s ‘oh, we’re pushing you away because there’s not enough space.’ That was not what was happening. “
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There were people who “could not leave behind non-civilian family members,” he added. “Morally, they couldn’t do it.”
As America wound up its aviation efforts, it became clear that many Afghans The Taliban’s target will be retreated.
“President Biden did not start the war, but … we are not doing well to end the way this eviction is taking place,” Lind told Fox News.