(USA Features) An Arizona resident blasted President Joe Biden after being stranded in Afghanistan following the United States’ Aug. 31 pullout, adding that lots more people are still trapped there as well.
Zekria, a U.S. green card holder and Arizona resident, said that he will likely not get out of the country “safe” in an interview with Fox News.
Zekria, 31, who only identified himself by his first name, told the network he traveled back to Afghanistan from Arizona to help his family “get somewhere safe.”
A former interpreter for the U.S. military, Zekria said he received a green card for his service.
The Daily Wire noted:
The Biden administration withdrawal left behind hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies to the mercy of the Taliban, whom the U.S. State Department has sought to work with to evacuate Americans from Afghanistan with little success. Earlier this week, dozens of Americans remained grounded awaiting flights out of the airport in Mazar-i-Sharif weeks after the last U.S. forces left Afghanistan.
Zekria said that many Americans and U.S. residents remained trapped in Afghanistan with no clear way to leave.
“There are a lot of people still left behind. My friends, I know them, they are stuck here. Four of them are American citizens. Two from Arizona and two from California,” he said in his interview.
“The Biden administration left without any plan, and that is why there are thousands of allies who worked for the U.S. military, American citizens, Afghan Americans, all stuck here,” he added. Those Afghans that did get out, Zekria said, were likely “beggars displaced from other provinces.”
“They were not qualified” members of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, Zekria said. “There are a lot of people like me. We are the ones who are qualified. We put ourselves and our families in danger, and they took people that don’t even have documents.”
“I don’t know how this process is working but there is something that is not right,” he told Fox News. “I pay taxes. The worst thing is my rent and car payment is due in a week and I am scared to get eviction in Arizona while I am here.”
“To be honest, I don’t believe I’m getting out safe,” he said.
U.S. military and diplomatic officials knew when the last American flight left the country Aug. 31 Americans and Afghan allies were still in the country.
“Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie announced Monday that the last American planes had left Afghanistan, ending 20 years of American military occupation, and leaving the country completely in the hands of the Taliban,” The Federalist reported, citing Pentagon sources.
“According to the commander, there are still hundreds of Americans in Afghanistan,” the outlet added.
“CENTCOM Commander says there are ‘hundreds’ of American citizens still in Afghanistan after the last C-17 departed Kabul,” Spencer Brown, the managing editor of TownHall.com, tweeted, in reference to U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.
“We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” he said.