Despite the Biden Administration’s claims that the process of evacuating American citizens from the collapsing nation of Afghanistan has gotten back on track, numerous families still trapped behind enemy lines have confirmed through their congressman that the situation on the ground is still in chaos, the Washington Free Beacon reports.
The office of Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) reports that several Americans stranded in Afghanistan are residents of his San Diego-based district, and that he has been actively working to expedite their evacuations from the country.
Issa spokesman Jonathan Wilcox said that the families “are scared, stranded, and trapped in the Kabul area. So far, they’ve been unable to reach the airport,” in reference to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, which has since fallen to Taliban control.
“I know Jen Psaki has previously said this isn’t happening,” Wilcox added, “but she’s dead wrong.”
Wilcox was referencing Psaki’s comments on Tuesday where she falsely claimed that the ongoing evacuation efforts cannot be described as “anything but a success.” She said that any Americans still left in Afghanistan are free to leave whenever they want, which further contradicts reporting from on the ground. Not only has the airport been locked down by Taliban fighters, but the area surrounding the airport has become increasingly dangerous, with multiple terrorist attacks in the area on Thursday claiming the lives of a dozen U.S. servicemen, as well as scores of civilians.
Despite the efforts of Issa’s congressional office to coordinate with the White House, State Department, and Department of Defense, the overall evacuation process has been “way too slow and way too ineffective,” as Wilcox described it.
“This is what happens when our president lets terrorists prevent our planes from flying our people home,” Issa said in a statement. “And now our Marines are paying with their lives.”