Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, clarified the movement’s position in a press conference on Tuesday, saying, “We do not support allowing the Afghans to leave.”
Jane Wilson, a 46-year-old American who helps with evacuation efforts through the Veterans Association, said she was angry at the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.
“It’s the most frustrating thing in the world, to have people on the other end of the phone, screaming and crying in horror, because they know they’re being chased. And I can’t pass them through those gates, because they don’t have the right paperwork with them. I’ve never felt so angry, frustrated and helpless in my life,” she said Telegraph.
Wilson claims that her network of veterans has helped “hundreds” of Afghans secure safe passage out of the country.
They named their mission “Digital Dunkirk,” referring to the mass evacuation of Allied forces from France in 1940.
But she said the Taliban were “hunting” Afghans who served in the army or who helped Western forces in the country, including some of those it was trying to help escape.
She said one of them was “found by the Taliban in his safe house and killed” by a hit squad of five insurgents.
“They know who all these men are and where they are and they are hunting them,” she said.
Meanwhile, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned members of Congress against taking unauthorized trips to Afghanistan after two members disclosed they had traveled to Kabul airport.
Congressmen Seth Moulton, a Democrat, and Peter Major, both Iraq war veterans, said they had gone to Kabul to conduct an “oversight” of the situation.
“America has a moral obligation to our citizens and loyal allies, and we must make sure that commitment is fulfilled,” they said.