Over 1,000 People Await Flight Clearance to Leave Afghan City of Mazar-i-Sharif–and they Blame U.S. for the Delay

Six commercial airplanes are seen near the main terminal of the Mazar-i-Sharif airport, in northern Afghanistan, September 3 2021. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS

About 1,000 people, including Americans, have been stuck in Afghanistan for days awaiting clearance for their charter flights to leave, an organizer told Reuters, blaming the delay on the U.S. State Department.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Phil Stewart and Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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