Mullin says U.S. government sabotaged his freelance rescue mission | Govt-and-politics

 Mullin says U.S. government sabotaged his freelance rescue mission | Govt-and-politics

Baier asked Mullin about reports that he might have interrupted a covert government operation to do exactly what he and the others were trying to do.

“I don’t have a clue what they’re talking about,” Mullin said.

The Trump administration agreed in February 2020 to leave Afghanistan in May of this year and arranged for the release of about 5,000 Taliban prisoners as part of the deal.

President Joe Biden, who has long advocated for U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, negotiated an extension to Aug. 31. The administration advised Americans to leave the country at least as far back as April but was caught off guard by how swiftly the Afghan army, armed and trained by the U.S., collapsed in the face of the Taliban.

More than 120,000 Americans and Afghan allies were airlifted out of Kabul in the weeks leading up to Aug. 31, but officials say several hundred Americans — most with dual citizenship — and tens of thousands of endangered Afghans…

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