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There’s a blame game over the six flights preparing to take vulnerable Afghans and Americans away from Mazar-i-Sharif International Airport, with lawmakers, the State Department, activists and the Taliban pointing fingers at one another.
Two issues need unraveling: Are the Taliban holding roughly 1,000 people hostage? And does State know who exactly are on the grounded planes?
The “hostage” narrative began after Rep. MICHAEL MCCAUL (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, claimed on “Fox News Sunday” that the Taliban were grounding flights set to take off for…