The Associated Press said on Sunday that the true number of Americans left behind in Afghanistan is likely closer to 500 than the 100 to 200 estimated by President Joe Biden after the military pulled out of the country on August 31.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told the AP he believes the number is around 500 and could be closer to 1,000 if family members are included.
“Unless we continue and get the rest of our American citizens, and all those otherwise eligible out, we won’t have done our job,” Issa explained.
Rescue operation Allied Airlift 21’s leader Mike Jason said he had spoken to 78 green card holders still in the country, and with family members that number would grow to 400. His operation has also identified 45 Americans trapped there but that another 250 family members are probably with them.
Before Afghanistan collapsed, there were an estimated 11,000 Americans there, and only 6,000 have been airlifted out, according to government figures.
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