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Sasse: We Need to Rescue Every Person on ‘Kill List’ Handed Over to Taliban

U.S. Air Force airmen guide qualified evacuees aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 24, 2021. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Handout via Reuters)

This afternoon, Politico reported that “U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport.”

“Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” one defense official told Politico. “It’s just appalling and shocking and makes you feel unclean.”

In a statement, Nebraska GOP senator Ben Sasse said, “President Biden needs to authorize whatever force is necessary to secure every one of the souls on that list before they’re slaughtered.” Sasse also called for a congressional investigation:

Some utter fool in the Biden Administration reportedly decided to give the Taliban a kill list of Afghans who had been working with us. Two things need to happen immediately: First, President Biden needs to authorize whatever force is necessary to secure every one of the souls on that list before they’re slaughtered. Second, the Senate Intelligence Committee needs to investigate who came up with this brain-dead idea, whether our intelligence agencies were given a chance to warn against it, and who decided to hand over the list to the Taliban.

Asked about the Politico report, Biden said at his press conference Thursday: “There have been occasions when our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said, ‘This bus is coming through with X number of people on it made up of the following group of people. We want you to let that bus or group through.’ So yes, there had been occasions like that. To the best of my knowledge, in those cases, the bulk of that has occurred and they have been let through. But I can’t tell you with any certitude that there has actually been a list of names. There may have been. But I know of no circumstance. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”

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