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“For those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out,” said President Joe Biden on August 31 of this year during a speech after the precipitous and calamitous surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Not surprisingly, it would appear as though the United States, of which Biden holds a tenuous grasp as president, has not kept its word.
A former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant has been trying to get himself and his family out of Pakistan only to allegedly be hung up on repeatedly and dismissed by staff at the U.S. Embassy there.
The veteran, whose identity has been shielded in order to protect him from Taliban retaliation, is an Afghan native but also a U.S. citizen. He recently traveled from the U.S. to Pakistan in order to help his family escape from Afghanistan and Taliban rule. Now he says he can’t even get through the door at the embassy.
(Video: Fox News)
“I showed up outside the U.S. Embassy and I literally begged them to let me in,” the veteran, who goes by call sign “Legend,” told Fox News. “It was that embarrassing. A U.S. citizen is not permitted entry in U.S. soil.”
He said that every time he has called, he gets passed around from one person to the next and then they hang up. He has tried to express to embassy staff that he was a U.S. soldier and is in need of diplomatic assistance but could not discuss many details over the phone given their sensitivity. Fox News obtained audio of the phone calls which are part of his video testimonial.
“They hung up the phone,” the veteran told Fox News. “I called again and again, the same thing. I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.”
“I gave up, I gave up,” he continued. “They kept hanging up. No matter what I say, they kept hanging up.”
He said he “started tearing up” when he left the area.
“It felt like somebody was stabbing me in my back,” the veteran, who was discharged after suffering traumatic brain injuries, told the outlet.
“Legend” like so many Americans, is frustrated beyond reconciliation with Joe Biden and his charlatan defense secretary and joint chiefs chairman for their wrong-headed and deadly blunders in Afghanistan.
“They caused this big mess, and now they’re hiding behind these walls,” he said.
The veteran told the outlet that the Taliban, ISIS-K and al Qaeda were all manning the Pakistan border, making it nearly impossible to escape Afghanistan. To make matters worse, the Pakistani government won’t even allow it, he said. Those who do make it to the border are trapped there, unable to cross into Pakistan but also unable to return to places like Kabul due to the Taliban checkpoints they had to navigate in the first place.
“They’re frisking everyone,” the veteran told Fox News. “These Afghan allies that we have – U.S. citizens, green card holders – they have to get past all these checkpoints and then not only hide from the Taliban, but also ISIS-K and then al-Qaeda.”
“And ISIS is targeting directly U.S. citizens, green card holders, anyone with an Afghan passport wanting to get out,” he added. “They’re in search of these guys.”
Afghans were previously able to bribe border guards for anywhere from $300 to $700 per person if they had visas to gain entry into Pakistan, but now the guards simply turn them away.
“But this time, now, they hand them over back to the Taliban,” the veteran told the outlet. “They were running away from the Taliban to begin with.”
Everyone seeking to get across the border into Pakistan are “all begging the U.S. embassy to step in,” the veteran said.
He blasted the Biden regime for boasting about its rescue efforts and for claiming it is protecting and assisting Afghan allies.
“You’re not,” the veteran said. “You’re lying, you’re not even permitting entry to U.S. citizens.”
He has turned to the media as his last hope since it appears the U.S. government has failed him and so many others.
“If there’s anyone out there that can help me, help my family, help all these other individuals, U.S. citizens, U.S. green card holders, our Afghan allies, please, please help us,” the veteran said. “We’re in dire need of help.”
“We are aware of these reports, but for privacy considerations have no further comment,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.
Fox News posted in their story that those who believe they can help the veteran or his family can email [email protected]
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