‘Total Lie’: State Department Accused of Trying to Steal Credit for Rescue of 4 Americans Left Behind in Afghanistan

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Biden’s State Department is accused of trying to “steal credit” for the rescue of 4 Americans left behind in Afghanistan.

Tjhe disaster in Afghanistan has stranded between 100 and 200 American citizens. ABC News reports that they want to return to the U.S., but cannot.

A private mission was organized to rescue an American mom name Mariam and her three children from Afghanistan, according to Fox News.

Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department is trying to insert itself into the story of her evacuation.

In reality, the State Department played “little to no role for much of the rescue effort,” Fox News reports.

State Department officials said, the “U.S. has facilitated the safe departure of four US citizens by overland route from Afghanistan. Embassy staff was present upon their arrival.”

The dangerous rescue operation was actually undertaken by Cory Mills and a private team of military veterans.

They relied on funding by private donors including the Sentinel Foundation. This led the effort to rescue Mariam and her three children from Afghanistan.

Multiple sources with knowledge of Mariam’s evacuation confirmed to Fox News that the Biden administration had left them behind.

Mills was initially notified of the family’s plight by Republican Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson.

Then Mills needed to work for weeks to get Mariam’s family out of Afghanistan.

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Mills’ team first sought to get the family aboard one of the last government flights out of Kabul, but she was unable to gain admission into the airport. The State Department repeatedly urged the four Americans to go to the airport gate, braving Taliban checkpoints along the way, only for them to be refused admission each time, Mills said.

The final time Mariam tried to enter the airport, a Taliban fighter pointed a pistol at her head and warned her not to come back. Shortly after that, Taliban fighters asked Kabul locals who knew Mariam how they could find her. Mills’ team rushed to get her and the children out of the city and into a safehouse.

Plan B was to get Mariam and her family aboard a private charter flight from Mazar-i-Sharif airport, but the planes were never cleared to take off. Some private evacuation organizers have blamed the State Department for failing to gain clearance for private charter flights to land in third countries, while Republican Texas Rep. Michael McCaul has blamed the Taliban for the planes remaining grounded.

Mills’ final card to play was to travel overland to a neighboring country – the exact country is being withheld to avoid jeopardizing future rescue missions – and attempt to get the family across the border.

It took multiple attempts and sleight-of-hand tactics that Mills compared to a shell game, but Mariam’s family finally crossed the border on Monday – just before the Taliban closed the checkpoint to prevent Americans from escaping, Mills said.

The State Department’s public posture about Mariam’s rescue is “absolute nonsense,” Mills told Fox News in an exclusive interview Monday. “The fact that they’re spinning this, trying to take 100% credit when they didn’t track this family, when they placated this family, when the mother, who was under extreme stress and extreme pressure, reached out to the State Department multiple times and got no help.”