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Pentagon Confirms at Least 439 Americans Remain in Afghanistan

Added 10-26-21 10:04:01pm EST - “Biden-administration officials have repeatedly claimed that it is difficult to estimate the exact number of Americans in Afghanistan.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Pentagon Confirms at Least 439 Americans Remain in Afghanistan | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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A Pentagon official confirmed during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that at least 439 Americans remain in Afghanistan, in what Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) labeled a “slow-motion hostage crisis.”

U.S. undersecretary of defense Colin Kahl gave the number in response to questions by Senator Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The State Department told congressional staffers on Thursday that it was in contact with 363 Americans, 176 of whom wanted to leave the country.

“One of the many confusing things about this whole thing is that we really don’t know how many Americans are left in Afghanistan. The administration’s number of U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan keeps changing,” Inhofe said at the Tuesday hearing. “The [Biden] administration always said 100 to 200 U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan, but it has already withdrawn 234 and is in contact with 363 others, 176 of whom want to leave.”

Inhofe added, “Now if we can figure this out, you’re doing a lot better than I have done.”

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