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US State Dept. Blocked Private Flights In and Out of Afghanistan: Bombshell Emails Verify Exclusive Report

    The State Department blocked private and humanitarian flights in and out of Afghanistan, as Becker News first reported. The emails obtained by Fox News provide further proof that the United States’ own State Department hindered efforts for Americans to exit the country of Afghanistan.

    “Military lawyer and retired Marine Eric Montalvo shared the communications with Fox after he organized some of the flights and now claims the federal government thwarted his rescue effort,” the Daily Mail reported. “The leaked emails show State officials refusing to allow Montalvo’s privately paid for flights to use US property either inside the country or at one of its many overseas bases, after the Biden administration pledged to do whatever it can to rescue all Americans and as many Afghan allies as possible.”

    “No independent charters are allowed’ at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar,” the September 1 email says. “In fact, no charters are allowed to land at an [sic] DoD base and most if not all countries in the Middle Eastern region, with the exception of perhaps Saudi Arabia will allow charters to land.”

    On August 28, Becker News reported that a State Department order ‘blocked’ private flights for Americans conducting unauthorized rescue Missions to Afghanistan.

    “The Biden administration has issued orders that will make the unauthorized rescue and extraction missions to get Americans and Afghan allies out of country significantly more difficult,” the report said. “Amid widespread reports of rescue efforts from groups like Task Force Pineapple, Task Force Dunkirk, and Team America, the U.S. State Department has issued an advisery to nations surrounding Afghanistan to deny support to aircraft conducting such operations in Afghanistan.”

    “Now being told that State Dept. is telling nations surrounding Afghanistan not to allow private jets handling the private extractions to land and/or refuel,” John Cardillo reported. “This is inexplicable and evil.”

    Military-connected sources told Becker News the rationale behind denying private flights to be refueled in the region is that air space was being cleared for further evacuations. But that rationale conflicted with reports that evacuations from Kabul airport had been halted.

    Indeed, as Becker News reported on August 30, a U.S. general said that no Americans had made it out on the last flight. Meanwhile, there is an ongoing “hostage situation” at one of the largest international airports in Afghanistan.

    “CBS has learned multiple flights are being held on the ground at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport in Northern Afghanistan… by the Taliban,” Eena Ruffini reported on Sunday. “An email from the State Department to members of congress — and viewed by CBS — acknowledged that charter flights are still on the ground at the Mazar-i-Sharif airstrip and have permission to land in Doha ‘if and when the Taliban agrees to takeoff’.’

    “The Taliban is basically holding them hostage to get more out of the Americans,” a senior congressional source told CBS News. “The group Ascend, an NGO that teaches young women leadership through athletics, told CBS News they have two planes that have been waiting for six days ready to take between 600 and 1200 people — including 19 American citizens and two permanent residents. “The U.S. airfield in Qatar that has been standing by, ready to receive, is now beginning to pack up,” Marina LeGree, the executive director, told CBS News.

    “We hope visibility will add pressure to force a solution. Six days of talks are not encouraging.”

    “The State Department advised members of congress to tell groups seeking to evacuate out of Mazar-i-Sharif that the US does not have personnel on the ground in that location and does not control the airspace,” Ruffini added. “Congressional and NGO sources say here are at least two physical plans on the ground and six more with approved clearance. The obstacle is the Taliban — which controls the airport and is not letting people board or the planes take off.”

    Republican lawmakers have sounded alarms about the hostage situation. McCaul told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that no Americans have been allowed to leave the nation since the fall of Afghanistan.

    “In fact, we have six airplanes at Mazar-i-Sharif airport, six airplanes, with American citizens on them as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now,” McCaul, the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said.

    “State has cleared these flights, and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport,” he continued.

    Wallace asked McCaul if it was “turning into a hostage situation.”

    “Well, they are not clearing airplanes to depart. They’ve sat at the airport for the last couple days, these planes, and they’re not allowed to leave,” McCaul added.

    “We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange,” he continued.

    “Well, they are not clearing airplanes to depart. They’ve sat at the airport for the last couple days, these planes, and they’re not allowed to leave,” McCaul added.

    “We know the reason why is because the Taliban want something in exchange,” he continued.

    Rep. Ronny Jackson, in a Friday interview with Newsmax TV, said the Taliban was blocking Americans from leaving on flights.

    “The airplanes are there. Everything is ready to go. They can’t get out, and the reason they can’t get out is because the Taliban won’t release the flight until Sept. 9 because they want to be recognized as an official government,” Jackson said.

    “They want to be officially recognized as a legitimate government,” he continued.

    “And I guarantee you these hostages, they’re hostages right now, are being held until the American, until the United States, until the Biden administration recognizes the Taliban as a government,” Jackson added.

    “This is not going to be the first nor the last lie that we’ve heard from the Biden administration,” Jackson went on.

    “This entire thing is just a web of lies. We’re working today. We still, both of us, we still have people over there,” he noted, confirming that he knows Texas constitutents who are “trapped.”

    “I have American citizens, citizens, at least seven of them, probably more from my district right now, that are trapped over there right now,” he said.

    ”They cannot get out. And you know what we were told? We were told today, I was told, that the State Department has some of them, and I won’t say where, that are [in] pretty big danger,” he added.

    On Wednesday, The Blaze reported Glenn Beck’s confirmation that the Taliban are holding six planes at the airport in Afghanistan, although they are not holding Americans physically hostage.

    The New York Times reported that 1,000 people – including dozens of American citizens – have been held at the Mazar-i-Sharif airport for nearly a week.


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