A U.S. Military veteran who allegedly helped to rescue American citizens out of Afghanistan says that the Biden administration stopped private flights, which were being used for evacuation efforts, from leaving the country.
The veteran, Chris Mills, made the remarks during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night, saying that the team that he helped work with had the ability to evacuate 25 American citizens out of Afghanistan during “the very beginning days” of the Biden administration’s chaotic pullout and that they had all the clearance and paperwork lined up to conduct the flight.
“That was thwarted by the State Department and then the DOD, where they essentially tried to deny our PPR, put us in pattern for almost 15 minutes, and then even said that if you land this aircraft, that we’re going to go ahead and take the aircraft certificate, we’re gonna we’re gonna ground the pilots,” Mills said. “I mean, look, the bottom line is that would have been 25 Americans. So, this land border crossing wouldn’t have even been necessary if they could have let us land at that time.”
“On the second occasion, where we finally had to get those families out of Kabul and into a different location, they were manifested on another aircraft, that aircraft had been approved by the Taliban, had been approved by the DOD, it had been approved by the State Department, and right before the [last] hour when it was ready to fly, the State Department went ahead and canceled that flight or disapproved … that flight because they wanted to vet the manifest, which I can understand and appreciate,” he continued. “But these are Americans who are basically being left behind. Now, again, one of the statements that you made, which I completely agree with, this isn’t a time to throw mud and be a political animal that says, okay, well, the Left did this or the Right did that.”
Mills said that he understood the administration’s alleged concern about vetting but noted that the individuals had been screened thoroughly and that he did not want that to be something that “prevents us from saving Americans and keeping them in harm’s way.”
Mills concluded by claiming that the Taliban was effectively preventing individuals from leaving the country who want to leave, including Americans.
“The Taliban are holding them, and there is no coordination as is being told, where if you show a blue passport, you can be let in,” Mills said. “I can confirm, Chris, that’s just not true.”
The State Department is saying they helped facilitate the departure of four American citizens from Afghanistan.
Cory Mills, an Army combat veteran, says they actually thwarted efforts of veterans on the ground who were trying rescue an American woman and her kids. pic.twitter.com/GJOcGULet7
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