A Republican congressman who attempted a rogue operation at Kabul’s airport last week said an American family he was helping escape Afghanistan left the country on Monday — as a new poll shows that a majority of voters back using military force to rescue American citizens left behind.
“A little over three weeks ago, I received an email from a friend asking if there was anything we could do to help a young lady named Mariam and her 3 small children (all American citizens) get out of Afghanistan,” Rep. Markwayne Mullin wrote on Twitter.
“This morning at 05:32EDT they got out of Afghanistan. Praise the Lord!,” the Oklahoma Republican said in the post, linking to a photo of the family.
Shortly after Mullin made his announcement, the State Department said it “facilitated the safe departure” of four US citizens from Afghanistan, Fox News reported.
A senior State Department official said the Taliban “was aware” of the evacuation and “did not impede their transit.”
The evacuation was by an “overland route from Afghanistan” and Embassy staff “was present upon their arrival.”
“They were in good condition,” the official said.
It’s unclear whether the four were the American family Mullin tweeted about.
Mullin said he attempted to land at Hamid Karzai International Airport outside Kabul multiple times last week but permission to land was denied by the State Department.
Following the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, Mullin said he began receiving calls from people who had family members or friends — who are American citizens — trying to get out of the Taliban-controlled country. Mariam and her children were among those seeking to flee.
“Mariam had gone to visit her parents for the first time with the kids and became trapped in Kabul when the Taliban overran the city. We left two weeks ago today to get her, the children, and others out,” Mullin, who has no military training, said on Twitter.
He said he and the team of former special forces operatives “worked around the clock” and endured “many frustrating setbacks,” but they never gave up.
“Mariam and the kids have been through so much, literally looking death in the face multiple times, including again today, but they never gave up either,” he said.
”There are still many families like Mariam’s who are desperately wanting and waiting to get out. America cannot rest until we get them all home,” Mullin said.
According to a Rasmussen survey released on Monday, more than two-thirds of voters support the military going back into Afghanistan to rescue any American hostages.
The poll, conducted Sept. 1-2, also found that 53 percent believe the Biden administration failed to take proper precautions to prevent a Taliban takeover in Afghanistan but 41 percent said chaos was an inevitable result when US forces pulled out.