A group of American citizens reportedly locked up in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Sunday without permission from Taliban authorities to take off because it is unclear whether the militant group is currently capable of promoting international flights. Was done.
In a letter from the State Department to the House of Representatives CBS NewsThe agency has confirmed that several charter flights have been waiting for takeoff from Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport, but have not yet received permission from local Taliban authorities to take off.
Authorities’ letters claimed that the United States was incapable of managing Mazar-i-Sharif airspace and had no ground support personnel in the city. It also features flight grounding, CBSAs a “decision” made by the Taliban.
“It is the Taliban’s decision to land the plane at Mazar-i-Sharif,” the email read. CBS News. “But we provide guidance and support to private sectors operating in Mazar as much as possible and with a focus on safety.”
The basic details of the report were corroborated by Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Fox news Sunday Taliban officials were trying to blackmail the United States without providing details or evidence of a particular request.
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In a statement by email Independent, A State Department spokesperson emphasized that the agency currently “has no reliable means of confirming the basic details of charter flights. Among the rest of the manifesto, and many other issues. Where they plan to land. “
“We retain the Taliban’s pledge to allow people to leave Afghanistan freely,” a spokesman added.
Other news reports on Sunday questioned whether international flights from Afghanistan would be entirely possible in the near future without international assistance.Report from Washington post A few days to bring Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan’s largest airport, back into operation following the withdrawal of the United States, which may have lost the radar and other technologies needed for takeoff and safe air traffic control. I explained the efforts in detail. Saturday and Sunday departure flights used their own visual guidance for takeoff.
“There is no radar or navigation system installed,” said an airport official. director.
The condition of Kabul’s airport may indicate that Mazar-i-Sharif Airport has similar or even worse problems, but on Saturday, when a domestic flight from Kabul successfully landed in a northern city, The airport has successfully landed at least once.
“The Taliban will not let them leave the airport,” McCall insisted on Sunday. “We know why the Taliban want something in exchange for something.”
Marina LeGree, Executive Director of an NGO involved in two charter flights at Mazar-i-Sharif Airport, said: CBS News. “I hope visibility puts pressure on the solution. The six-day discussion is not encouraging.”