Blinken says Taliban are blocking charter flights from departing Afghanistan

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  • Source: Fox News
  • 09/08/2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday called on the Taliban to stop blocking charter flights containing Americans from departing Afghanistan.

The State Department has come under fire for not doing more to pressure the Taliban to allow planes to leave Afghanistan amid reports several planes carrying Americans have been stuck at Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport in Kabul.

Blinken said during a press conference Wednesday at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany that the U.S. government has "made clear" to the Taliban that "these charters need to be able to depart."

"Those flights need to be able to leave, and the United States government, State Department – we are doing everything we can to help make that happen," he said. "Those flights need to move. I pointed out some of the complications that are there, but those flights need to move."
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