An American citizen stranded in Kabul is pleading with President Biden to save the thousands of desperate Afghans who helped the US during the decades-long war because they now risk being killed by the Taliban.
Haroon, who did not give his last name, told Fox News’ Fox & Friends on Wednesday morning he has repeatedly gone to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport where the US troops are helping Americans evacuate but has been unable to get through the crowds of people.
He said 80 percent of the people gathered at the airport have paperwork that proves they helped the US during the war — and he is begging Biden to step in and help them.
Haroon said the Taliban is close by and is watching the people frantically waving their papers at US troops.
He hasn’t yet shown anyone his US passport at the airport for fear of the repercussions.
“The Taliban are right there seeing them every day with their paperwork. When (the US) leave, they can one by one get them out of their home and kill them,” Haroon said.
“We all know what’s going to happen… when America leaves Afghanistan.”
In a direct appeal to the US president, Haroon said: “My message to Biden: Help them.”
“Please, take them all out. Don’t leave them,” he added.
“They helped you, they helped America. This is what my family did…. Mr Biden, please help all these Afghans who supported you, who helped you.”
Haroon said he only went to Afghanistan in June to help care for his sick father, who has spent nine years working with the US in the security sector.
After the Taliban overran Kabul on Sunday night, Haroon said he went to the US embassy for help but it had already been shut down.
Haroon said he is desperately trying to get his family out and acknowledged that he was putting his life at risk by speaking out.
“I want the world to hear my voice. We need immediate help.”
Videos circulating on social media have captured the chaotic scenes at the airport Kabul as US troops continue to evacuate.
In one video, a young woman cried as she reached through a fence covered in razor wire toward US troops on the other side. Another shows hundreds of people holding up papers as they pushed toward troops.
Additional US troops were flown in to help secure the area and protect Americans still trying to evacuate from the airport after thousands of Afghans stormed onto the tarmac and tried to climb onboard US military planes.
The airport is the last place in Afghanistan being guarded by the US military.