At least 30 Americans could not access a flight out of Afghanistan despite being offered tickets, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted during grilling by Congress on Monday.
Blinken said that 100 Americans indicated to the State Department that they wanted to leave Afghanistan, but that only 60 were offered tickets and only 30 made it onto the flight. He did not say why the other 40 were not offered tickets or why only 30 made it onto the plane.
The State Department “can not know” how many “how many American citizens are in any country… precisely at any given moment” because “Americans are not required to register when they go to a foreign country, or if they reside there,” Blinken also said.
He had previously said on several occasions that only 100 Americans were left in Afghanistan.
The Taliban was preventing six planes that would contain some Americans from leaving Afghanistan out of Mazar-al-Sharif in the north, claiming that some on the planes don’t have the right paperwork.
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