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Sec. of State Blinken Denies U.S. Gave Taliban ‘Kill List’: ‘Simply Not the Case’

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken strongly disputed reports that the United States government had provided what’s been described as a “kill list” to the Taliban, stating on Sunday morning that “it’s simply not the case.”

Just hours after a deadly suicide bombing attack killed 13 U.S. service members outside the Kabul airport, Politico reported on Thursday that U.S. officials gave the Taliban a list of American citizens, residents and Afghan allies to grant entry through the outside perimeter of the airport, which is controlled by Taliban militants.

The report prompted immediate backlash and outrage from lawmakers and military officials, with many calling for resignations of Biden administration officials over what they felt was effectively a “kill list.” President Joe Biden, when pressed on Thursday by reporters on the story, didn’t explicitly deny that the U.S. has handed over names to the Taliban. At the same time, he said he........

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