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About 1,000 people are waiting for the Taliban to allow them to leave Masar-e-Sharif airport.

About 1,000 people are waiting for the Taliban to allow them to leave Masar-e-Sharif airport.

Washington – Reuters
The New York Times reports that about a thousand people have been stranded in Afghanistan for a fifth day, including dozens of Americans and Afghans with visas to the United States or other countries.
The newspaper said the situation facing those seeking to leave Masr-e-Sharif North Airport reflected the situation of thousands who could not board flights from Kabul after the “Taliban” captured the capital. U.S. forces.
Six planes crashed at Mazar-e-Sharif airport carrying American and Afghan translators on Fox News Sunday. “From the Taliban”
He also said that the “Taliban” were holding the passengers hostage to fulfill the demands, but several reports called into question McCall’s statement.
McCall said the Taliban wanted “something in return” for agreeing to the flights and hoped they were seeking “full US recognition.”
Someone familiar with the evacuation attempt said it was wrong to describe passengers as “hostages”.
The New York Times reports that the planes of the Mazar-e-Sharif have received the necessary clearances and are waiting for the final approval of the “Taliban”.
A State Department spokesman confirmed that there was no credible way to confirm the essential details of the chartered aircraft, including U.S. citizens and others on board, but added: “We will keep the pledge to the Taliban that they will allow people to leave Afghanistan freely.”
Earlier, Mike Waltz, another member of the US House of Representatives, called on the State Department to work with NGOs to try to allow charter flights to evacuate Americans and those at risk in Afghanistan.
In a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blingen, Waltz said several NGOs had said that charter flights were “available, funded and ready to fly.”

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