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American gov worker in Kabul says ‘we are stranded at home, we can’t get to the airport’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

An American mother currently employed by the American government in Kabul says her family is trapped in the city. While the White House has reportedly sent detailed instructions via email and text, according to this mother they’re too risky to follow through. Fox News shared her story on Fox and Friends Tuesday.

 “We are stranded at home. We can’t get to the airport,” she said on a phone call. “When we try to get to the airport, we either get beaten up or we are afraid for our lives.”

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki insists that there aren’t any stranded Americans. A reporter asked her about stranded Americans during a press briefing Monday.

“First of all, I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded,” Psaki responded. “They are not.” 

Instead, Psaki insisted that their communication strategy is helping get Americans out. “We are committed to bringing Americans, who want to come home, home,” Psaki said. “We are in touch with them via phone, via text, via e-mail, via any way that we can possibly reach Americans to get them home if they want to return home.”

Yet this American mother claims that there have been instances of miscommunication. “For four days, three, four days, we didn’t hear anything from anywhere,” she said. “And then they’re saying to go to the airport, but we’re not being clear guidance. They are saying one thing, and then the next thing, they come and say something else, so you really exactly don’t know what to do. There is a lot of miscommunication going on. You know, your emails are getting ignored.”

A text from the White House isn’t enough to help this family. “I am afraid for my life that I don’t know, you know, how things are going to go,” the mother said. “But I really need — I really need our president to really, really consider this serious. We are in danger. We are in danger, Mr. President, please, help us.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Russia launches surveillance satellite for Iran for ‘agricultural, environmental, and scientific purposes’

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In the latest partnership between Iran and Russia, Roscosmos Corporation, a Russian state-owned company, “launched an Iranian photographic satellite from its Vostochny Cosmodrome using a Soyuz rocket” reports The Foreign Desk. The surveillance equipment is expected to send high-resolution pictures from 500 km above the earth’s surface, and state media in Iran says it will generate images for agricultural, environmental, and scientific purposes.

This is not the first time Iran has found friends in ‘high places’. In 2022, Russia assisted Iran with the launching of a remote-sensing Khayyam satellite from a facility in Kazakhstan. Iran’s Telecommunications Minister, Issa Zarepour, portrayed the project as “fully domestically developed.”Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Iran and Russia have worked together to mitigate the numerous international sanctions that have been levied against their governments.

“Tehran has sent ballistic missiles, attack-drones, and battlefield munitions to assist Moscow’s military operations against Ukrainian forces. Russia has reciprocated with the transfer of military aircraft and advanced technical support” reports The Foreign Desk.

Shortly after the Biden administration and members of the United Nations allowed preventive sanctions to expire earlier this year, Iran sent hundreds of ballistic missiles to Russia, reportedly in return for fighter jets and helicopters from Moscow.

“The U.S. and European partners declined to prevent the expiration of U.N. sanctions in late 2023 that curbed Iran’s ability to transfer missiles” reports The Foreign Desk.

 

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