Biden rejects ‘kill list’ of Afghan allies handed over by US officials to Taliban and says extremists will HELP people after Aug. 31
- Politico reported the existence of a “death list” to the Taliban on Thursday. has been handed over
- The list details US citizens and Afghans who have worked with the US Armed Forces
- US officials handed over the list, Politico said, so the Taliban let them go
- The Taliban control the area around the Kabul airport and dictate who will pass
- Biden said he was not aware of a specific list, but said it was clearly possible
- He also suggested that the Taliban could assist in the evacuations after August 31
- Biden said terror group was not US allies and could not be trusted
- Still, he emphasized that they were acting in their best interest to get Americans out
Joe Biden has downplayed reports that the Taliban has been given a list of names of Afghan allies and US citizens — a document that one defense official described as “a death list.”
The identities of US citizens, green card holders and Afghans who were granted visas to work with the US military were transferred in an attempt to get them out of the country. Politics reported on Thursday.
The Taliban control the area around the Kabul airport and dictate who can and cannot enter.
Biden said on Thursday he was not aware of the details of the list, but said it was entirely possible that it had been handed over to the Taliban, with whom the US is cooperating during the evacuations.
“There have been instances where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this, for example, this bus comes through with X number of people on it, made up of the following group of people. We want you to let that bus or group through,” he said.
Joe Biden was asked Thursday about a possible “death list” of US citizens and Afghan allies handed over to the Taliban. The list was intended to inform the Taliban who to let through to the Kabul airport for evacuation. Biden said he was not aware of a specific list, but it was indeed possible
An Afghan translator, Josh Habib, far left, works with US Marines in Helmand Province in July 2009. The Taliban have reportedly been given a list of names of Afghans like Habib who are trying to leave the country, and have been given US visas
Afghans wave their paperwork at soldiers outside Kabul . airport on Thursday
“So yes, there have been such occasions.
“As far as I know in those cases most of them happened and they got through.”
Biden said he was not aware of any specific list.
“I can’t tell you for sure that there has actually been a list of names,” he added.
“Maybe there was. But I don’t know any circumstance.
“It doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, that here are the names of 12 people, they’re coming, let them through.
“It could very well have happened.”
Biden spoke from the White House on Thursday about the deaths of 12 US servicemen earlier in the day, in Kabul. He insisted that withdrawing from Afghanistan was and is the right thing to do
On August 19, Taliban fighters are seen outside Kabul airport. They check the perimeter of the airport and coordinate with US officials to decide who can enter
Biden and his team have repeatedly emphasized since the fall of Kabul on August 15 that the Taliban want the Americans to leave, and are therefore acting in their best interests to accelerate the evacuation.
They also stressed that the Taliban cannot be trusted and, despite coordinating with the US military for the evacuations, should not be considered allies.
Defense officials told Politico they were surprised that the list of names was handed over to the terror group.
“Actually, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” said a defense official.
“It’s just awful and shocking and you feel unclean.”
Biden suggested Thursday that the Taliban could even help evacuate US citizens left behind after the August 31 deadline, despite the Taliban currently holding a US citizen hostage.
Mark Frerichs, an Illinois civil engineer, had lived in Kabul for ten years, according to US officials, working on several development projects when he was kidnapped in the capital in January 2020.
His captors soon turned him over to the Haqqani Network, one of the more ruthless groups operating under the Taliban umbrella.