US govt has stranded over 500 journalists in Afghanistan, claims McCaul

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McCaul mentioned that solely 50 staffers from the US media company have been evacuated, due to efforts by US allies and never the United States authorities….reports Asian Lite News

More than 500 journalists and their households who have been employed by the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) have been deserted by the State Department in Afghanistan, senior Republican on the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul mentioned.

“It is absolutely disgraceful the US State Department claimed they evacuated their local employees when in reality they abandoned hundreds of USAGM journalists and their families,” McCaul mentioned in a press release on Tuesday. “Some of those journalists got assurances by the Biden Administration that they’d be handled as domestically employed workers – however weren’t.”

McCaul mentioned that solely 50 staffers from the US media company have been evacuated, due to efforts by US allies and never the United States authorities. The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is a networked world media company that oversees 5 US-funded media shops, together with Voice of America and Radio Free Asia.

McCaul acknowledged that pleas from his workplace to assist one of many journalists, his spouse, and toddler youngster have been repeatedly ignored. “My office was working with one of these journalists and tried for two weeks to get attention brought to his case so he, his wife, and his infant child could be saved – but our pleas were ignored,” he mentioned.

Republican Representative additional known as on President Joe Biden and the State Department to quickly discover methods to get these folks to security and away from the threats.

According to US media studies, some 250,000 Afghans eligible for expedited US visas remained in the nation in the month of August when American forces might solely evacuate about 20,000 each day.

The US accomplished the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan on August 30, ending considered one of its longest wars. In a matter of few weeks, US and Coalition forces evacuated greater than 123,000 civilians out of Afghanistan and barely greater than 6,000 of them have been US residents.

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