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President Joe Biden talks to guests after signing the Methane, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and True Lender CRA Bills, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

[Editor’s note: This story originally was published by Real Clear Politics.]

By Susan Crabtree
Real Clear Politics

U.S. Lawmakers and veterans trying to assist in the evacuation of 143 stranded Americans and many Afghan allies are growing  increasingly frustrated with the lack of action by the Biden administration, which is insisting the Taliban’s efforts to block flights from leaving the country is not a “hostage” crisis – that the militant group controlling Afghanistan simply wants the proper documents from those seeking to leave.

Nonprofits working to evacuate those left behind after the Aug. 31 exit of all U.S. troops have been waiting for more than a week with six chartered planes at Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan ready to depart the country. But those aircraft have remained on the ground first as State Department officials put up roadblocks and then as the Taliban issued demands, sources with first-hand information have told RealClearPolitics.

Those organizing and funding the effort include the Nazarene Fund, a U.S. group dedicated to assisting Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East, as well as Ascend, a U.S.-based women’s leadership organization that had worked in Afghanistan to empower young women through athletic training.

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