Pleas for Help From Stranded Afghan Allies Went Unread by Biden Admin, IG Report Reveals

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Afghan allies’ pleas for help amid President Joe Biden’s bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country have gone unread by the Biden administration, a new report from the State Department’s inspector general found.

The State Department established the National Visa Center’s Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to help get stranded Afghan allies out of the country once the U.S. military pulled out . The inspector general’s report found that in May 2022, almost nine months after the withdrawal, the SIV program’s main email inbox had 325,000 unread messages, the Washington Times reported.

“In [the National Visa Center], the application backlog is related to opening emails sent to NVC’s Afghan SIV email account,” the inspector general told the Times. “As of May 2022, the email account had over 325,000 unread messages, and OIG observed that NVC…

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