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Republicans question number of Americans left in Afghanistan as horror stories roll in

Some Republican members of Congress are pushing back on Biden administration figures of Americans left behind in Afghanistan after the last U.S. troops left the country on Monday, arguing they do not give the full picture of who is stranded under Taliban rule. 

President Joe Biden said in an address Tuesday that “about 100 to 200 Americans remain in Afghanistan,” and that 90% (which the White House later corrected in a transcript to 98%) “of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave.”


An aide to Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon told the Washington Examiner said he worked with one U.S. citizen who repeatedly tried to sign up for State Department updates but did not get messages for days. The incident raised questions about whether the department systems include a full accounting of the Americans there.

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