Americans have been beaten by the Taliban while attempting to reach the U.S.-held airport in Kabul, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during a Defense Department briefing held after U.S. citizens were told Saturday not to travel to the airport due to security threats.
“We know of cases, a small number that we know of,” Kirby said at the briefing. “We don’t have perfect visibility, but we know of a small number of cases where some Americans and certainly, as [Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin] also said in that statement, Afghans — Afghans that we want to evacuate, it wasn’t just Americans that he talked about — have been harassed and in some cases beaten. We don’t believe it is a very large number. And a matter of fact, the numbers would indicate … that … by and large, most Americans who have their credentials with them are being allowed through the Taliban checkpoints and … into the gate and onto the airfield.
“We are aware of sporadic cases where they aren’t being allowed, where there is some harassment going on, and yes, some physical violence has occurred” within the last week.