Americans at Kabul airport gates urged by US Embassy in Afghanistan to 'leave immediately'

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The United States embassy in Afghanistan has issued a statement warning Americans trapped in the country not to travel to the airport due to security threats.

“Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so,” the statement from the embassy reads.

“U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the embassy added.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was caught flat-footed during a daily press briefing Wednesday when she was asked about a group of California students who are trapped in Afghanistan.

Psaki was asked Wednesday if she knew about an LA Times report that a group of students and their parents from California’s El Cajon Valley School District are currently stranded in Afghanistan.

The reporter asked, “The L.A. Times has a story saying that a group of students and their parents are in Afghanistan. Do you have any more information on that or is that?–“

“I do not. Who have recently traveled into Afghanistan?” Psaki stated in response, appearing confused about the report cited.

Americans, allies, Afghans who assisted coalition forces and others who are vulnerable to Taliban violence struggle to flee Afghanistan since the central government collapsed to insurgents on Aug. 15. 

U.S. troops are confined to the airport in Kabul and have a Taliban-backed Aug. 31 deadline to get out. The Biden administration has vowed to get all U.S. citizens out of the country by the deadline, but it leaves to question what will come of the Special Immigrant Visa holders that are reportedly being blocked by the Taliban from accessing the airport.

The Biden administration has said it doesn’t trust the Taliban, but has repeatedly called on the Islamic militant group to allow people to safely access the airport and to refrain from violence.

Kelly Laco and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report

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