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'Majority' of Afghan SIVs left behind, State Dept. official estimates

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01.09.2021

A State Department official said in a private briefing to reporters that “the majority” of special immigrant visa applicants were left in Afghanistan due in part to the complications of the evacuation, and that he and his team are “haunted” by the evacuees the U.S. could not get out by the Aug. 31 deadline.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was also asked about a POLITICO report describing how U.S. officials in Kabul occasionally showed the Taliban a manifest to assist in processing people through checkpoints. The Taliban sometimes stopped Afghans from getting to Kabul’s airport even after the U.S. showed manifest details, though the official said the U.S for the most part subsequently got them safely through to the facility.

“There were days it did not work well,” the official said. “We had a couple of instances where buses were a mix of foreign nationals and Afghan local employees of other........

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