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Biden doesn’t deny report of U.S. handling over names of Americans and Allies to Taliban

It just gets worse and worse.

President Biden delivers remarks Thursday on the terror attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport – HKAIA – in Afghanistan that killed U.S. service members and Afghan civilians, White House. (Photo/WH Live Feed)

WASHINGTON (D.C.) – President Biden on Thursday delivered a stark message to those who carried out the deadly attack outside the airport in Kabul – HKAIA – earlier today, killing 12 members of the U.S. service and injuring nearly 60 Afghanistan civilians, while also pledging that the evacuation of Afghanistan will continue.

These attacks come as the United States races to extract all Americans and allies from Afghanistan by the August 31 deadline set by President Joe Biden.

"Know this," Biden said to the attackers. "We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay."

When the President was asked about a report circulating Thursday about officials in his administration who had provided names of United States citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies to Taliban – in order to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport – he did not deny the report.

"There have been occasions where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this bus is coming through [...] made up of the following group [...] let it through," the president said. "Yes, there have been occasions like that."

President Biden added that to his knowledge, the "majority of that group" has been let through but can't say with "certitude" that there was a list of names passed to the Taliban.

“The move, detailed to POLITICO by three U.S. and congressional officials, was designed to expedite the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from Afghanistan as chaos erupted in Afghanistan’s capital city last week after the Taliban seized control of the country,” Politico reported. “But the decision to provide specific names to the Taliban, which has a history of brutally murdering Afghans who collaborated with the U.S. and other coalition forces during the conflict, has sparked widespread outrage from lawmakers, military officials, journalists, and the American public.”

This jarring revelation came as the Biden administration has been relying on the Taliban for security outside the airport.

A Pentagon official told Politico that the Biden administration effectively “put all those Afghans on a kill list.”
“It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean,” the official added.

For the Americans, green card holders, Afghan allies, and refugees, along with employers, colleagues, lawmakers, and their team, journalists, and human rights advocates who have been up for days using all channels to evacuate thousands of vulnerable people, the actions by the Biden administration and lawmakers comes as a shock and betrayal of the American values.

As far as the Taliban having ‘a kill list,' the nation deserves answers to questions such as:

How safe are US citizens, green card holders, and Afghan allies in Kabul tonight?

And, who the hell are we evacuating?

Editors Note: Alie Pierce is a human rights advocate directly involved in the evacuation efforts in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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