Biden's State Dept Deem Military Families Not Eligible To Evacuate From Afghanistan
Well, that didn't last! The Pentagon recently promised to step up efforts to get Americans out of Afghanistan but Biden's State Department just deemed many military families ineligible to evacuate.
The announcement released Monday effects the families of about 60 service members:
"They were all evaluated and thus far, in the evaluation, none have been determined to be eligible for parolee status," Kirby said Monday, referencing the government's term for Afghans who qualify for evacuation as direct relatives of U.S. citizens or residents.
The Pentagon, which has successfully helped evacuate other relatives, did not say how many family members the State Department reviews this month affected. The numbers have been a shifting target since the complete U.S. military withdrawal on Aug. 30.
Many of the troops who have attempted to get relatives evacuated were Afghan interpreters who immigrated to the U.S. and enlisted. The State Department is in charge of determining whether Afghans qualify for “parole” and evacuation. They must be the spouse or child under 21 years old of a U.S. citizen or resident, according to the agency’s criteria."
Afghanistan only continues to destabilize as it battles with ISIS-K:
More than 1,300 additional Taliban fighters have been deployed to Nangahar province in the past month with orders to increase the tempo of operations, according to Taliban security officials. Taliban night raids against suspected Islamic State-Khorasan members are on the rise, and many of the hundreds arrested have disappeared or turned up dead, according to Jalalabad residents and Taliban fighters."
I think it's interesting that the mainstream media covered the Pentagon's vow to get Americans out but are widely silent now that the State Department has pretty much walked back that promise.