Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:40 AM PT – Saturday, August 21, 2021
The U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said American citizens were being beaten by the Taliban in attempt to evacuate Afghanistan. Austin reportedly made the claim to members of Congress on a call on Friday, which directly contradicted Joe Biden comments an hour earlier when he said there was no danger to Americans leaving the country.
None of the military officers or administration officials on the call could say how many Americans were still in need of evacuation from Kabul. However, the Pentagon’s top spokesman has taken the word of the Taliban who said they were allowing safe passage for Americans to evacuate.
Taliban Spokesman Suhail Shaheen went on to explain, “you may have seen our statement in this regard, not once but several times, saying that there is no risk to embassies, diplomats from our side.”
Meanwhile, some on the call have expressed dissatisfaction with how the call with the defense secretary went, as many have felt their most pressing concerns went ignored.