State Department spokesperson Ned Price noted this week that that more people have come forward amid the ongoing evacuation efforts.
Biden administration officials have consistently pointed to the difficulty of tracking the number of US citizens in the country, and it is unclear how many total Americans were in the country at the time of the US withdrawal on August 31.
In his remarks at the end of August, Blinken noted that there “are long-time residents of Afghanistan who have American passports, and who were trying to determine whether or not they wanted to leave.”
“Many are dual-citizen Americans with deep roots and extended families in Afghanistan, who have resided there for many years. For many, it’s a painful choice,” hy het gesê.
“If an American in Afghanistan tells us that they want to stay for now, and then in a week or a month or a year they reach out and say, ‘I’ve changed my mind,’ we will help them leave,” Blinken added.
On Thursday evening, Price tweeted that the US “has facilitated the departure of 234 Amerikaanse. citizens and 144 LPRs [lawful permanent residents] from Kabul since August 31.”
“These are the numbers of people whose individual departures we directly facilitated. An additional number of U.S. citizens and LPRs have departed on private charters or have independently crossed via a land border,” another State Department spokesperson told CNN Friday.
“The number of US citizens and LPRs we assist is dynamic as we review manifests, receive reports from colleagues in the field, and assist with departures,” hulle het gesê.
In addition to the more than 100 US citizens who are seeking assistance in leaving Afghanistan, there are scores of Afghans — many of whom worked for the US military — who were left behind during the US military withdrawal and are desperately trying to leave.