(Big League Politics) – A mere 5% of those evacuated from Afghanistan through the Kabul Airport are American citizens, raising questions about the nature of the mass airlifts from the country following its capitulation to the Taliban.
As of Wednesday, more than 82,000 people have been lifted from Afghanistan, many of them merely applicants for the Special Immigration Visa offered to those who can demonstrate having worked with American service members and government officials during the 20-year war in the country.
4,400 of those evacuated are US citizens.
Over 4,400 Americans have now been evacuated from Afghanistan: Pentagon
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The Kabul operation more clearly resembles a mass migration operation than an evacuation of citizens, with rumors having been spread throughout Kabul that the Americans will take anyone who believes they can lodge a credible asylum claim. Time will tell how many of those moved from Kabul will qualify for US permanent residency or asylum.
Some US citizens are reportedly still residing in Kabul, with some trapped by the Taliban presence in Kabul and unable to move to the airport in fear of their safety. The Biden administration has questioned why thousands of American citizens declined to leave the country as the Taliban overran provinces by the day, apparently under the belief that the incompetent Afghan National Army would be able to hold Kabul against the forces of the Islamist terrorist organization.
Imagery has suggested that the majority of Afghan evacuees are fighting-age young men rather than women or children, with women standing to lose rights of education and public life under the Taliban regime. Some “refugees” have been flagged by defense officials for connections to terrorism.