FIRST ON FOX: American mother trapped in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan fears she will never see her children again and go into hiding with family members and Afghan allies – unable to reach U.S.-held Kabul airport for a chance to be evacuated, she said on Saturday.
“I really gave up hope, gave up hope of going to the airport,” the woman, whose identity is withheld due to concerns for her safety, told Fox News. “It’s just not possible to get by through all of these people.”
She said there were as many as 20 Taliban checkpoints between her and the airport – and that she was among an uncertain number of US citizens trapped behind enemy lines.
Every moment a car passes, I have the impression that they are going to stop us and execute us. I don’t know if I will see my children again.
She was whipped by Taliban fighters during an attempted passage, she said. A man standing next to her was shot in the head during another test, leaving his wife and baby in tears. She has been hiding ever since.
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“We are devastated,” she said. “We are afraid for our lives. Every moment a car passes, I feel like they are going to stop and execute us. I don’t know if I will see my children again.”
She said the situation was dire, if not hopeless. She would rather kill herself than let the Taliban capture her. And despite assurances from the Taliban in the United States that Americans would be allowed through checkpoints surrounding the airport, she said she was concerned about showing her U.S. passport to activists who may be members of other groups. terrorists, including ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Please, Mr. President, evacuate us. We need help.
“They’re labeled as Taliban, but who really knows? she said. “They don’t have a uniform, proper military or law enforcement uniform, where you can recognize them. They’re all armed.”
She had a message for the President, speaking through tears: “Please, Mr. President, please evacuate us. We need help.
The White House did not immediately respond to this woman’s plea.
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On Saturday night, she was in hiding with her aunt, a former Afghan lawmaker, her uncle, as well as an undisclosed number of entrepreneurs and children.
His brother, a former translator and military contractor now in the UK, said at least two of his colleagues had been killed by Taliban fighters in the past two days. And sources told Fox News earlier this week that three captured Afghan National Army commanders were hanged by the Taliban in Kabul as militants knocked on doors, searching for people who had worked with US and military forces. Coalition.
Traffic begins for miles from the airport. It’s probably two, three miles, with thousands of people gathered together like little matches with no space between them.
“They went to many homes to remove high ranking Afghans, law enforcement, people who worked with the US military or NATO,” said the woman.
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In a 27-second audio recording sent to West Virginia Representative Carol Miller’s office, she can be heard struggling to speak through her tears.
“Every hour it gets harder and harder,” she said, between sobs. “Even when the cars pass, I have a feeling they are going to stop at the gate and the Taliban will come in and kill us.”
“I’m really scared,” she continued. “Please help me please. “
In a separate message, she told Miller’s office that she had “no hope” of seeing her children again.
The woman’s husband, who is safe in Virginia with their children, told Fox News that the State Department had been of little help and that they were mainly communicating with Miller’s office.
The MP’s office confirmed her status as a U.S. citizen and helped connect Fox News with her to raise awareness of the grave threat to Americans and Afghan allies trapped behind Taliban lines.
The family also said they feared the Taliban would force an internet blackout – effectively shutting down all communications applications and hiding extremist activity from the rest of the world.
At that time, the woman’s brother said the Taliban “would kill a lot of people.”
“It is a devastating and deadly situation,” the trapped woman told Fox News. “I am terrified.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday night in a conference call with US senators that the Pentagon was “exploring options” for evacuating US citizens, a source said on the call. And the military sent three Chinook helicopters outside the airport perimeter to pick up 169 Americans at a meeting point on Friday, authorities said, even after authorities said they would not. external rescue missions.
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For non-Americans, however, “they will have to figure out how to get to Kabul,” Blinken said. Tens of thousands of Afghan allies have worked with US forces over the past two decades.
And if and when they reach Kabul, they are swarming with Taliban fighters determined to hunt them down and kill them.
“The traffic starts miles from the airport,” said the trapped American. “It’s probably two, three miles, with thousands of people gathered like little matches with no space between them.”
Kelsey Koberg of Fox News contributed to this report.
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