Biden WH memo before Taliban takeover sought to end protections for Americans trapped abroad

Biden WH memo before Taliban takeover sought to lift protections for Americans trapped abroad
The Biden administration moved in June to dismantle a system designed to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the Central Asian country.

Fox News has obtained the June 11 memo sent around the State Department that gave the green light to the “discontinuation of the establishment, and the termination of, the Contingency and Crisis Response Bureau (CCR).”

The sensitive but unclassified memo was signed by Deputy Secretary of State Brian McKeon, just a couple of months before the Biden administration’s botched troop withdrawal that saw Afghanistan fall under Taliban control.

CCR was formed under Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and was tasked with providing “aviation, logistics, and medical support capabilities for the Department’s operational bureaus, thereby enhancing the secretary’s ability to protect American citizens overseas in connection with overseas evacuations in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster.”

The bureau could have played a role in the response to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, where thousands of American citizens and allies are trapped behind terrorist lines. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
– Biden says as many as 15,000 Americans looking to flee Afghanistan
– Biden says ongoing ‘chaos’ in Afghanistan was ‘priced’ into withdrawal decision during ABC interview
– Geraldo hits Biden for ‘pitiful’ speech as Afghanistan crumbles: ‘What the hell did COVID have to do with’ it?
– Biden admin’s finger-pointing over Taliban fiasco just accelerated
– Afghans plead for faster US evacuation from Taliban rule

California suspect dead, two police officers wounded day after sheriff’s deputy was shot
The suspect linked to an ambush shooting of a Southern California sheriff’s deputy earlier this week was killed Wednesday after getting into a shootout with police that left two officers wounded, authorities said. 

The scene of Wednesday's shootout in California. (FOX 11 of Los Angeles)

The scene of Wednesday’s shootout in California. (FOX 11 of Los Angeles)

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