‘This Story Is Not Over’: Nets Ignored Americans Finally Leaving Afghanistan


On Monday evening, the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) showed just how much they were done covering possibly the biggest blunder of Joe Biden’s presidency so far: abandoning Americans in an Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban. And Fox News Channel correspondent Trey Yingst put it best when he declared “This story is not over” while reporting on how some Americans were finally able to escape.

“It’s the 18th of October, and we are back in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where evacuation flights are continuing. This story is not over,” he said on Special Report. “There are thousands of American allies still stuck in the country, along with U.S. citizens and green card holders.”

He also noted that “Their safety and security is a major concern for the international community.” Which was interested because they didn’t seem to be a concern for the Biden administration nor the liberal media.

Yingst also spoke with some of the Americans that were getting on a Qatari flight out of the country and to safety:

 

 

YINGST: Kabul’s international airport remains a lifeline for Americans and others looking to escape the Taliban. [Afghan name] Nory is an engineer who lives in Maryland. He’s got a green card and his 3-year-old son has an American passport. You can hear the relief in his voice.

NORY: It will be excited. And we are feeling great to return back to the home and our business and work, also for kids’ school.

YINGST: For others like this American citizen waiting to board a Qatari jet to Doha, they say the international bodies will have to work with the Taliban to address many of Afghanistan’s growing issues.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: There are common grounds that people can gather around that. And international community needs to find that common ground.

“You’ll notice from our report today; the Qatari jet was carrying leadership from the Taliban as well as people trying to flee the group,” Yingst noted after explaining how the Taliban were struggling to govern. “The flight manifest really highlights the role that Qatar is playing in all of this trying to manage a relationship with the Taliban while evacuating innocent civilians.”

And just before Yingst’s report, anchor Bret Baier reported that State Department’s inspector general had opened up an investigation into the botch Afghanistan withdrawal.

“Fox has obtained a letter the inspector general sent to congressional committees announcing the probe will include reviews of the Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa program, Afghans processed for refugee admission in the U.S., resettlement of Afghan refugees and visa recipients, and … embassy emergency action planning and execution to include the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals,” he said.

That too was ignored by the broadcast networks during their evening newscasts.

This omission of Americans finally coming home after President Biden abandoned them was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Fisher Investment on ABC, Nutrisystem on CBS, and Amazon on NBC.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

Fox News Channel’s Special Report
October 18, 2021
6:28:56 p.m. Eastern

BRET BAIER: The State Department’s inspector general is investigating the Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. That’s according to two sources with knowledge of the inquiry. Fox has obtained a letter the inspector general sent to congressional committees announcing the probe will include reviews of the Afghanistan Special Immigrant Visa program, Afghans processed for refugee admission in the U.S., resettlement of Afghan refugees and visa recipients, and Kabul emergency action – embassy emergency action planning and execution to include the evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals.

That continues to this day. A few Americans stuck in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal from that country are finally being evacuated from Kabul and flown to Doha, Qatar. Correspondent Trey Yingst talks with some of them tonight.

[Cuts to video]

TREY YINGST: It’s the 18th of October, and we are back in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan where evacuation flights are continuing. This story is not over. There are thousands of American allies still stuck in the country, along with U.S. citizens and green card holders. Their safety and security is a major concern for the international community.

Kabul’s international airport remains a lifeline for Americans and others looking to escape the Taliban. [Afghan name] Nory is an engineer who lives in Maryland. He’s got a green card and his 3-year-old son has an American passport. You can hear the relief in his voice.

NORY: It will be excited. And we are feeling great to return back to the home and our business and work, also for kids’ school.

YINGST: For others like this American citizen waiting to board a Qatari jet to Doha, they say the international bodies will have to work with the Taliban to address many of Afghanistan’s growing issues.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: There are common grounds that people can gather around that. And international community needs to find that common ground.

YINGST: The task of governing is an uphill battle for the Taliban that struggles to receive broad international support due to ongoing human rights violations, a lack of rights for women, and ruling through violence.

The Taliban’s acting foreign minister tells Fox News that change is coming but that it will take time. The Taliban continues to make these empty promises.

AMIR KHAN MUTTAQI (Taliban acting foreign minister): There is no problem in Afghanistan right now; such as security threats or political threats. People who are leaving, maybe have economic problems. They can easily go and come back.

[Cuts back to live]

YINGST: You’ll notice from our report today; the Qatari jet was carrying leadership from the Taliban as well as people trying to flee the group. The flight manifest really highlights the role that Qatar is playing in all of this trying to manage a relationship with the Taliban while evacuating innocent civilians. Bret?

BAIER: Trey Yingst in Doha. Trey, thanks.



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