Psaki defends not allowing charter flights from Afghanistan to land at US bases

According to Psaki, the Biden administration continues topress the Talibanover the issue of evacuation flights, many of which contain Americans, not being allowed to leave Afghanistan.

We don’t have a role in preventing flights from taking off,” Psaki told reporters. “We are not on the ground, so that is not something that the U.S. government is doing. Op dieselfde tyd, some of these planes and some of the issues [insluit] where are they going to land.

Psaki noted thata number of these planesseeking to depart Afghanistan may have ahandful of Americans, but they may have several hundred individualswho do not have proper documentation of identity.

They may have several hundred individuals where we don’t have manifests for them, we don’t know what the security protocols are for them, we don’t know what their documentation is,” Psaki gesê, describing the situation as one of thehard choices you face in government.

Are we going to allow a plane with hundreds of people where we don’t know who they are, we don’t know what security protocols have been put in place, to land on a U.S. military base,” Psaki stated, noting that there aresome charter planes taking off.


Psaki’s comments come less than two weeks after thousands of Americans and Afghan allies, some of which had not been thoroughly vetted before arriving in America, fled Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s takeover.

Soos voorheen berig, die Staatsdepartement refused to grant official approval for private evacuation flights from Afghanistan to land in third countries, even though the department conceded that official authorization would likely be needed for planes to land in those nations, an email reviewed by Fox News shows.

Verlede week, State Department spokesman Ned Price addressed the security risks of allowing the charter flights onto military bases.

If these charters are seeking to go to a U.S. military installation, byvoorbeeld, we have to weigh not only the threat to those who may be on board – especially if they’re American citizens, LPRs, other Afghans to whom we have a special commitment – but also to the safety and security of State Department personnel, Amerikaanse. military personnel, Department of Homeland Security personnel, ander VSA. personnel on U.S. military installations,” Price gesê.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a news conference from Qatar on Tuesday and said the issue of vetting passengers and following security protocols for those fleeing the Taliban’s control in Afghanistan is achallenge.

Without personnel on the ground, we can’t verify the accuracy of manifests, the identities of passengers, flight plans, or aviation security protocols,” Knipperend gesê. “So this is a challenge, but one we are determined to work through. We’re conducting a great deal of diplomacy on this as we speak.

Verlede week, Amerikaanse. amptenare vertel Fox News that Afghan vlugtelinge who don’t pass the initial round of vetting will be sent to a U.S. military base in Kosovo, located in Europe.

The Associated Press also berig last week that a small number of refugees without any apparent eligibility for U.S. relocation – as at-risk Afghans who were able to make it on planes during the chaotic U.S. military evacuation at Kabul airport between Aug. 15 en Aug. 31 – will require further investigation.

Before anyone who is evacuated from Afghanistan comes to this country, they undergo a rigorous vet,” Price aan verslaggewers gesê. “Unless and until they complete that vet, they will not be in a position to come to the U.S.

Others have noted that thousands of unvetted immigrants are crossing America’s southern border each month.

Verlede maand, Border Patrol Union president Brandon Judd joined “Jou wêreld” and discussed the border crisis, providing insight that he believes each Americanneeds to knowregarding their safety after several of those that entered America illegally begin to fill American communities.

We’re going to exceed 200,000 apprehensions in the month of July,” Judd said at the time. “Forty percent of those people were released into the United States to spread throughout our communities, a lot of whom very well could have COVID.

At three U.S. military bases in Europe – Ramstein, Duitsland; Sigonella, Italië; and Rota, Spain – the FBI, Doeane- en grensbeskerming and NCIS have hundreds of agents overseeing the screening of about 17,000 Afghaanse ontruimdes.

'N Geskatte 100 Afghan refugees headed from Afghanistan to the United States have been flagged for potential bande to terrorist organizations, including the Taliban, volgens 'n onlangse verslag doen from NBC News.

Fox News’ Peter Hasson, Jennifer Griffin and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this article.

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