The U.S. Department of Defense has restricted its evacuation of American personnel and Afghan civilians who worked for U.S. forces to Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport. There is a report that the U.S. government is "counting on the Taliban to help Americans and Afghans get access to the airport." At the same time, British, German, and French special forces are going into the city of Kabul to rescue their citizens.
There have been some chaotic scenes at the Hamid Karzai International Airport ever since the Taliban captured Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has instructed American citizens to go to the Kabul airport to evacuate the country. However, the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has also warned that the "United States government cannot ensure safe passage to the Hamid Karzai International Airport."
A Fox News report stated the 6,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan are "under strict orders" not to leave the Kabul airport to rescue Americans in the city.
"The U.S. government is counting on the Taliban to help Americans and Afghans get access to the airport," the report added.
Fox News host Brett Baier asked Pentagon spokesman John Kirby if there was a deal with the Taliban that restricts U.S. forces from extracting Americans from the city of Kabul.
"No. There's no deal that restricts forces to the airport but Bret, that's where the mission is," Kirby responded. "The troops are there for really two things. One, to keep that airport safe and secure for people and for flight operations and two, to make sure that those flight operations can go as unimpeded as possible with few delays."
Baier pointed out that other nations, such as the U.K., reportedly used their forces to rescue their citizens.
"We have not seen any great impediments to the safe passage that the Taliban have agreed to facilitate," Kirby replied. "Americans are getting through those checkpoints, and they are getting onto the base on the airfield, and they are being flown out of Kabul. I won't speak to potential, future operations that may or may not be conducted. What I can tell you is that the operation that we're conducting now, and that is to keep that airfield open and running and Americans are getting through the lines and they are getting onto planes."
CBS News reported, "U.S. military transport planes have air-lifted around 5,000 people, mostly U.S. citizens and Afghans who once worked for the U.S., out of the country. But there are around 60 to 80,000 left to get out, by President Biden's count, and that includes more than 10,000 Americans."
The Biden administration has made Aug. 31 the deadline to evacuate Americans out of Afghanistan, but on Wednesday, President Biden said the deadline could be extended to "get them all out."