Over Two Dozen American Students, Including a 3-Year-Old, Still Trapped in Afghanistan

Even after the War in Afghanistan has been officially declared over, there still remain scores of American citizens trapped in the country, now technically behind enemy lines, including students and a 3-year-old, as reported by The Daily Caller.

There are 24 students trapped in the country from the San Juan Unified School District, in the Sacramento area of California. Congressman Ami Bera (D-Calif.), who represents the district where the school is located, confirmed in a statement that his office “has been in close contact with the San Juan Unified School District, and have urgently flagged the students’ information with the State Department and Department of Defense.” The statement went on to confirm that they “have not received an update from the State Department or DOD.”

One American family that included a 3-year-old child had actually arrived at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in a final attempt to flee the country before the end of August. However, upon arriving at the airport gates, they were beaten by Taliban fighters and forced back from the entrance. The family is also from the Sacramento area of California. Veterans’ advocate James Brown said that he was contacted about the family’s situation by a friend of his in the Marine Corps, and subsequently contacted the office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.); Speier’s office subsequently made “numerous phone calls to the White House, to the Secretary of Defense’s Office, and to the Secretary of State’s office escalating this family’s case all the way to the top for us.”

Elsewhere in California, school district officials in the town of El Cajon confirmed that at least eight American families had traveled to Afghanistan in the summer to visit family members in the country prior to the Fall of Kabul to the Taliban on August 15th. Of those eight, six families had successfully evacuated before the final withdrawal date, while two families remain trapped in the country. A statement from the Cajon Valley Union School District claimed that “one family is in process at the Afghanistan airport, and another family is still waiting for help.”

The last American flight departed Kabul on August 30th, with the Pentagon formally declaring that America’s longest war was finally over. However, despite Joe Biden’s repeated promises that he would see every American evacuated before the August 31st deadline, the plight of dozens of Americans still trapped in the country proves that he did not achieve those goals. As a result, he and his administration have faced widespread criticism from across the political spectrum, both within the United States and from many allied nations.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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